Eat & Drink Your Way To Health This Spring!

BY: VANESSA ROBERTS

It’s safe to say that most people secretly dream of being able to eat and drink whatever they want without ever having to gain any weight. And it’s a fun theory until your jeans don’t fit! The better alternative is to have your own arsenal of “food and drink cheats” (that’s healthy options that are as good for you as they are delicious) on-hand at all times to combat any cravings and keep you off the hardcore stuff.

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Audrey Hepburn always has the right idea!

Here are some of my favourite “cheats” which help me stay the healthy course. Let us know in the comments below if you have cheats that we need to know about!

1. OVI Hydration: This brand new drink has literally just launched and I am already a fan! Blending fruit-infused purified water with hints of green tea and just the right amount of sweetness, OVI makes you feel like you’ve had a refreshingly sweet indulgence that’s minus the remorse.

Perfect after exercising, or if you’re always on-the-go, OVI Hydration is a better option to traditional drinks (which are often high in sugar, caffeinated, boring or a combination of all of the above!) Thanks to the inclusion of natural minerals OVI really hydrates, and it does not contain any ‘badditives’.

If you’re like me and always want a pick-me-up after lunch, try swapping a juice or snack for OVI hydration instead, it works!

Ultimate cheat drink, tasty and guilt-free – OVI Hydration

 

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2. Dried Strawberries: A great alternative to indulging in lollies, strawberries are packed with amazing health benefits. Known to burn stored fat, they are also low in calories and high in fibre. They are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which prevents skin sagging (amongst so much else).

Oven-drying strawberries at home is so easy to do (first air dry, then halve, and place in oven for 3hrs at 90deg = voila!)

Image: hungrycravings.com

 

3. Popcorn: Air popped popcorn (without the high-calorie, high-fat trimmings like melted butter) contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables, and it’s very high in fibre! Gram for gram, popcorn has more protein and phosphorus than potato chips, and more iron than eggs and spinach! TIP: Sprinkle with a little bit of parmesan cheese or spice and absolutely SKIP the oil butter and salt.

Natural popcorn – image via kiwimagonline.com

 

4. Hommous: Hommous is a super cheat thanks to big flavor, great nutritional  benefits and enormous versatility. The  chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice,  tahini and olive oil which create the dip provides you with protein and a number of essential vitamin and minerals. It can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. Swap traditional spreads and dips for hummous and wonder why you weren’t doing this sooner!

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5. Oatmeal: Garnished with colourful berries, some banana and/or a little natural honey, cooked oats are a wonderful “cheat” breakfast option that taste like they should really be bad for you! Warm and hearty, this wholesome meal keeps you feeling fuller for longer thanks to it’s high fibre content. Oatmeal is also a source of antioxidants, protein, iron, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. A small serve also makes a great dessert alternative to cakes and pastries!

Image: sweetbetweensblog.com

 

6. Kale Chips: Skip the overly salted, deep fried potato crisps and consider the Kale chip instead. So easy to make at home, Kale chips are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense snack that is beneficial for your health. Using only a fraction of the oil in regular chips (and they’re best made with olive oil that’s even healthier) Kale chips are a “must” on anyone’s cheat food repertoire. To read our earlier story extolling the virtues of Kale, click here.

 

Image: parkcityfoods.ca

 

Do you have any food ‘cheats’ or tricks of your own? Sharing is caring so please share them in the comments below!

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply tracyw Thursday 18th December, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    yum

  • Reply ragdollbaby Thursday 18th December, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I really like hummus, but then I tried one with pesto added. OMG… LOVE!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Sunday 14th December, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Hmm I’ve never heard of dried strawberries! They sound good!!!

  • Reply betelgeuse Saturday 29th November, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Love making kale chips! I never seem to make enough though…

  • Reply whizzcook Thursday 20th November, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    What great ideas, I love the dried strawberries, ideal for a healthy snack on the go!

  • Reply Candice Monday 10th November, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Yummy!

  • KF75
    Reply karlene75 Sunday 9th November, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    My food dehydrator has been a great investment for preservative-free, healthy snacks

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Ooooh lots of comments on this one! Love the citrus drink – looks great – and kale too!

  • Reply xlilda Thursday 6th November, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Great food tips. Not sure about the drink. I think water is always best for hydration. Everything else has kjs but doesn’t help you keep full!

  • Reply Elise Thursday 6th November, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Is this an ad for OVI?

  • Reply nicmc6 Sunday 2nd November, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The dried strawberries would be great in a smoothie!! Love the rest of the food…that are already part of my diet!

  • ivysaurus
    Reply ivysaurus Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Never tried dried strawberries before. Sounds yum!. Like healthy strawberry clouds

  • Reply skbou Friday 31st October, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Some yummy suggestions there. I love to make maple cinnamon chick peas…. dry roasted… very tasty 🙂

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Cinnamon chick peas. that sounds like something I need to try. Thank you for the tip @skbou! xx

  • Reply Isabeau Friday 31st October, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the excellent recommendations! My friend actually just gave me a bottle of Citrus Ovi hydration cannot wait to try it!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Let me know what you think of the OVI Citrus @isabeau! x

  • Reply christybui Friday 31st October, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    need to try Ovi Hydration!

  • Reply Sparkles17 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Must try the ovi green tea sounds yum.

  • Reply Joni64 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I FROIL food which is frying with water and not oil… so where it says to heat oil, I heat water and then fry using the water.

  • Reply Whatthe Thursday 30th October, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I love making a dried fruit healthy slice. So easy and I don’t have to even cook it – just goes straight in the fridge!

  • Reply Candice Thursday 30th October, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Yummy

  • Reply stels Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    yumm!

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Yum, all of these sound really delicious, I especially love the idea of dried strawberries and kale chips!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I know, and so easy to make both of those options @pearl-pretty mayhem!

  • Reply ichigolove01 Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I love the new Ovi Hydration drinks!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      They are very easy to drink @ichigolove01, great poured over ice as well xx

  • Reply Kat @ She Won't Go Quietly Tuesday 28th October, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love your idea of oven-dried strawberries! There are so many yummy, healthy snack options around. I love dipping carrot sticks into hommous or grilling avocado halves with lemon, chilli and olive oil. x

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Wow @kat@she won’t go quietly….. GRILLING AVOCADO?? I have never heard of this! I love avocado! I will be trying this for sure next time I get an avocado in the house. This sounds amazing xx

  • Reply amanda6393 Tuesday 28th October, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Mmm. Kale chips.

  • Reply Sparkles17 Tuesday 28th October, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Going to have a bowl of popcorn right now!

  • Reply lovelyloves Monday 27th October, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This is making me hungry!!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      hahaha @lovelyloves! Least if you indulge in these foods and drinks, you won’t do much damage to your waistline! HA!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Monday 27th October, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Love all these foods!

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