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Add – don't subtract! Tips for convenient yet satisfying meals

Starting the transition towards a healthier diet can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of cutting down on your favourite foods. One transformative tip you can follow instead is the “add, don’t subtract” rule - instead of cutting back on the foods you enjoy, add healthy foods to your diet that help you feel satisfied and satiated! Below are some healthy food choices that will make your meals delicious and delightful!

Cool beans!

Beans are versatile, quick, and easy to add to your favourite recipes! Canned beans are inexpensive and a great source of plant-based protein, iron, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Try adding them to sauces, dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, or pasta! The opportunities are endless!

The cherry on top

Keep it fun and accessorize your dishes–savoury or sweet–with nuts, fruits or seeds! A little goes a long way in adding flavour and texture. Plus, they’re packed with protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Talk about small but mighty!

Add veggies where you can

Adding a side of vegetables is a quick and easy way to make a meal more nutritious! Raw carrots, broccoli, and snap peas are some great examples to add on your plate when you want to add more of a healthy variety.

Eat the rainbow!

Aiming to “eat the rainbow” is an excellent way to enhance meals without sacrificing convenience, satisfaction, or health! Try incorporating a diverse array of colourful fruits and vegetables, which adds visual appeal and enriches your diet with a variety of essential nutrients. Eating a variety of colours provides a broad range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. You can easily integrate colourful ingredients into everyday meals, making them more exciting and satisfying.

Final thoughts

By supplementing our meals with beans, nuts/seeds, or colourful veggies, we can feel both nourished and satisfied with our eating choices, without succumbing to diet culture’s pressures. Try one of these tips today to effortlessly enhance your meals and maintain a healthier, happier relationship with food!


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