Healthy Life Hacks: 24 Healthy Living Tips From the People Who Know Best

Most everyone feels that they need to find ways to get healthier. Even those that look healthy or are already physically fit may not have the healthiest habits. What can you do to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family? Here are 24 healthy living hacks for to peruse. Hopefully you are already doing some of them.

Doing a mud run, binge-watching Gilmore Girls, dressing up for Halloween—some things are just better with a friend. Another thing that’s easier when you’re not going at it alone: trying to live a healthier life. So whether you want to eat better, feel less stressed, or work out more, we’re here to help!

We’ve collected top healthy living blog entries from around the Web and put them together in an all-inclusive list just for you!
24 Healthy Life Hacks

1. Make hummus even better.

We love avocado. We love hummus. Putting them together? Instant home run. Plus, since avocado is so buttery, you don’t have to worry about adding additional liquids or olive oil while you’re blending the hummus. The result is delicious and healthy.

2. Don’t settle at the farmer’s market.

Ask vendors if you can peek at all the tomatoes in a basket to make sure they are fresh and not damaged, open a carton of farm-fresh eggs to look for cracks, and give zucchini a quick squeeze to make sure they’re firm. It’s okay (and encouraged!) to make sure you’re paying for the best quality.

3. Try (spinach) pancake sandwiches.

Here’s the perfect way to cut carbs without wrapping everything with lettuce leaves. Try savory spinach “pancakes,” which make a tasty triple-decker when stacked with garlic chive hummus, kale, and sliced roma tomatos.

4. Avoid a yoga rut.

While we’ll always be fans of vinyasa flow, changing things up leads to better results. Luckily, we’re always hearing about new styles of yoga, making it easier than ever to obliterate down-dog boredom. My latest fave: surf-inspired yoga classes.

5. Be a label sleuth.

If you’re following a specific diet—Paleo, gluten free, vegan—it can seem like everything in the grocery store has gluten, sugar, or other processed ingredients. That’s why it’s critical to read labels—and assume that any packaged food is guilty until proven innocent.

6. Wash, dry, and roast.

After cleaning veggies, make sure they’re completely free of water. Roasting them with water residue causes them to slightly steam and gets in the way of a wonderfully crunchy result (especially if you’re working with broccoli or Brussels sprouts). Try tossing them with olive oil, salt, garlic, Parmesan, and lemon for a tasty recipe that will make you genuinely excited about cruciferous veggies.

7. Never pay for flavored H20 again.

Instead, DIY! Fill a carafe halfway with ice and filtered water. Add freshly cut fruit and herbs too (try strawberry and basil, cantaloupe and lime, or blueberry and lavender). Place in the fridge and let the water infuse for two to 12 hours.

8. Prioritize sleep when traveling.

Though it’s tempting to stay out till 6 in the morning when traveling (so many bars, so few days!), it’s important to listen to your body and know your limitations. Plus, too many gin and tonics tonight means fewer sights seen tomorrow. Give your body time to relax and adjust to the pace of travel so you can maintain a high energy level.

9. Sweeten cupcakes without sugar.

This recipe uses apple juice concentrate for delicious carrot cake bites. Just be sure to check the ingredients before you buy a can. It should list one thing: apples. A little water is OK too, but never anything else.

10. Make zachos!

Is there anything zucchini can’t do? Here, they make a low-carb sub for chips when brushed with olive oil, grilled for five minutes, and layered with fresh toppings like tomato, red onions, avocado, and jalapeño.

11. Refresh your diet—sanely.

No need to drink only juice to reset your habits. Just commit to drinking plenty of water, eating clean, and working out for 14 days. Not sure what clean eating is? Try these delicious recipes, and you’ll be excited to start.
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