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How To Eat Healthier Without Even Noticing

Don't underestimate how much healthier it is to cook your own food.

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.

From left: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, Banana Green Smoothie, Chocolate-Banana Smoothie

2. If the convenience of a meal kit delivery service appeals to you, try SunBasket. All ingredients are organic, and they cater to special diets.

BuzzFeed Food recently reviewed eight of the most popular meal kit delivery services, and SunBasket was the clear winner. The ingredients are super fresh, the recipes are delicious and straightforward, and they offer paleo, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

3. Try making your own condiments from scratch. They'll have fewer ingredients, and they'll probably taste better.

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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.

4. For dinner, swap denser carbs like bread, rice, and potatoes for cauliflower. The resulting dish will have a similar flavor profile, often with fewer calories and fewer carbs.

5. For a healthier Tex-Mex-inspired dinner, pile your favorite burrito ingredients into zucchini boats.

Zucchini has fewer carbs and calories than traditional tortillas, plus they count toward your daily vegetable count. Recipe here.

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.

7. Don't just meal prep your lunches; make big batches of snacks and dinners, too!

Tons of meal prep inspiration over at @mealpreponfleek.