To me, stealth health is when you are eating healthy and don’t even know it. Sometimes even people with the strongest willpower and healthiest diet need to trick themselves into eating healthy. Stealth health is also a way to get kids or other people in your life to eat healthy foods they don’t like. There are some foods on their own that are nutritious and delicious on their, and ways to sneak others into the foods you love. Below are some tips and tricks for incorporating stealth health into your life:
– Stealth Health MVP: Cauliflower. Cauliflower is the chameleon of vegetables and are a great way to add extra vegetables without even noticing it. Steam cauliflower and include in mashed potatoes. I use a one-to-one ratio of potatoes to cauliflower. Cauliflower can also be used in mac and cheese to trick the kiddos. Steam cauliflower, puree in a food processor and add the puree to your cheese sauce. This will allow you to create that creamy, cheesy texture while using half the cheese and cream you normally would have to!
– Soup and Chilis are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. With hardly any fat and tons of vegetables, soups, stews and chili are comfort food that you can load with vegetables. Remember to add flavor with spices without adding fat.
– Be a secret keeper. Do your loved ones think they won’t like whole wheat pasta or flour before they have even tried it? Try making whole wheat pasta but not telling them it is whole wheat. Substitute half of the white flour in your recipes with whole wheat flour. You avoid the struggle and if they don’t notice a difference, you can let them in on your secret!
– Drink and Make Smoothies. Smoothies remind us of thick, creamy milkshakes which is a comforting distraction to the fact that they can be made to be chalk full of vitamins and minerals. You can make fruit smoothies or jump on the Green Monster train and drink your vegetables.
– Omelets are a great way to get vegetables in the morning. I often find myself going until lunch or even dinner before I get any vegetables. Vegetables and breakfast just don’t seem to mix – except in omelets! Load up with whatever veggies you have on hand – spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, onion and combine with eggs and low fat cheese.
Be creative and think of ways to add nutritious food to your diet without doing a complete diet overhaul. Every little bit helps!