1. If you love smoothies for breakfast, make sure they have fat and protein for staying power.
A slush of fruit, spinach, and almond milk might be sweet and refreshing, but it’s almost all carbs. Meaning, you’ll either crash or be super hungry in just a couple of hours. Add Greek yogurt, nut butter, nuts, avocado, or your favorite protein powder to your smoothie, and it’ll keep you full through lunch.
3. Try making your own condiments from scratch. They’ll have fewer ingredients, and they’ll probably taste better.
Homemade mayonnaise (recipe here) doesn’t necessarily have fewer calories, but it tastes fresher and doesn’t have the sugar or stabilizers you’ll often find in the store-bought versions. And this homemade ketchup (recipe here) has such a deep, rich flavor that you’ll probably end up needing less.
6. Swap sugary peanut butter for the natural, sugar-free kind.
Lots of store-bought peanut butter has added ingredients like sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils (aka trans fat). Luckily, it’s pretty easy to find natural peanut butter in any supermarket. Look for an ingredient list that’s either just peanuts, or peanuts and salt. Or, you can make your own with nothing but peanuts and a food processor. Recipe here.