5 Easy (And Healthy) Ways to Upgrade Any Meal You Make

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When most people think of health food they think boring, they think bland, and they think too much hard work and preparation.

Luckily, there are a few simple, wholesome and tasty ingredients that can make any meal a much healthier one.

Not every meal you eat is going to have the perfect balance of nutrients, every now and then you want to indulge your taste buds, but without ruining your diet.

By adding some simple but nutrient filled foods to your meals daily,  you can create a healthy and appetizing feast with more flavor and make unhealthy meals more beneficial.

Try one of my 5 favorite toppings next time you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner:


1. Wheat germ
This easy and fiber filled topping can be mixed into many breakfast food staples like oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and smoothies. Wheat germ is a fantastic source omega-3 fatty acids, protein and as mentioned before fiber.

2. Cinnamon
You can add cinnamon to many things for an added boost of sweetness, but did you know that cinnamon is great for digestion, cholesterol levels and protecting your heart from diabetes? Not to mention it’s an easy addition to coffee, tea, and milk, and just a sprinkle or two added to anything from your toast, bagels,  and oatmeal in the morning can make for a sweet start to your day.

3. Brocco sprouts
Toss some in your salad or add them to your sandwich. These immature broccoli sprouts not only have fiber and vitamin C, but they have a natural anti-cancer agent.

4. Capers
The most flexible vegetable. Put them in salads, sandwiches, pasta, or chicken dishes. They are bursting with antioxidants called flavonoids.

5. Turmeric
This orange spice can go anywhere that salt and pepper goes. The anti-inflammatory agents in turmeric fight heart disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.


You can add as many of these ingredients into your dish as you like. You may even find that your favorite dish is tastier because of one of these ingredients.

Most of these ingredients can be found in any grocery store. In fact, you may already have some in your pantry or fridge.

Don’t be shy about experimenting with these instant meal upgrades. There is no wrong way to use these.

All that matters is that you love how they make your food taste.

Catherine Faulkner, Princeton Staff

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