Do the hard work
If given the opportunity, wouldn’t you love to hire an at-home chef to whip up the most delicious and nutritionally-rich foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Most people would prefer for someone else to roll up their sleeves and put in the hard work of chopping, slicing, boiling, and grilling, including your next-of-kin. That’s why Kaleigh McMordie, RD, says to trick ’em into eating smarter, lead by example, illustrating how simple it is to make something that’s good for you, while still tasting great. “Make them a healthy but flavorful meal. If it doesn’t taste like ‘rabbit food,’ they are more likely to enjoy eating healthier. Once they know healthy food can be tasty, they will be more open to eating better, and they’ll probably start to feel better too,” she suggests. She does add that when you first put together your sneaky menu, leave the tofu or kale off of it, as it might be a bit too far out of their wheelhouse. Instead, she says to “go slow with something on the grill, like a lean pork chop and grilled veggies with a baked potato.” Try these 10 tricks to make home cooked meals even healthier.
Sneak vegetables into everything
So your partner looks forward to a cold one with a side of cheesy-fatty pizza every Friday and Saturday night? When you’re trying to shift your diet habits, it can be difficult not to reach for (or order up) ole’ standbys that lack nutritional value, like junk food. But McMordie reminds that your man can have his pizza—and stay healthy, too. The trick here is to go overboard on the vegetables, while keeping some of the traditional ingredients, like mozzarella and pepperoni, to a minimum. “Have a pizza night at home and have lots of fresh veggies and lean protein for toppings, and serve with a salad,” she suggests. “Or, if he loves spaghetti, sneak some extra veggies into the sauce. There are so many foods you can add more vegetables into without it changing the flavor.” Not sure what to put on top of your pie? Here are the healthiest toppings.