In a fast-paced world, it’s not an easy task to eat healthier, especially when you don’t have the time or energy to cook. We want you to stay away from junk food and enjoy a healthy meal that will provide the maximum benefits to your body.

Enlighten has spared no effort in finding unobvious ways to help you eat healthier and have more time for yourself.

1. Use white beans in your next smoothie.

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“Beans” and “smoothie” are 2 words you rarely put together in the same sentence. However, as it turns out, this is a priceless idea and it results in a magnificent taste. Indulging in smoothies is the perfect way to “eat your rainbow,” as well as balance your meal with many macronutrients. White beans are the answer here. They’re known as a tremendous source of protein, so next time you’re mixing different fruits, don’t forget some of these “magic beans” to enhance your body in a simple way.

2. Mix peanut butter with a bunch of different seeds.

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Finding a breakfast that fills you up and keeps you satisfied in a healthy way can be hard, but we found a way to brighten up your morning. Take your regular jar of peanut butter and mix it with all types of seeds. Your next peanut butter toast snack will be just as delicious as always but now loaded with nutritious elements, vitamins, and protein in an easy way.

3. Steep your herbal tea with a lid on it.

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Covering your tea while it steeps is very important for herbal teas because of the essential oils it contains. If you keep your cup without the lid, then essential oils will evaporate in the air and diffuse. When this happens, you lose many beneficial properties of the herbs.

4. Indulge in watermelon seeds.

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It’s always fun to snack on a big piece of watermelon straight from the rind, but one of the greatest things about that is it can fill up your body with protein at the same time. Watermelon seeds contain more than 30g of protein in one cup and are rich in fiber. You can eat them right away or save them for later and add them to your favorite smoothies.

5. Cook carrots whole.

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Carrots are packed with beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They’re crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. What’s more, is their carotene antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. When cooked whole, carrots have 25% more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, than carrots that have been chopped beforehand.

6. Cook your grains in green tea.

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Rice and other grains are fine when cooked in water, but we have an even brighter option for you. Here’s a simple and innovative way to add rich flavor and make them even healthier. Cooking with green tea will enhance your grains with lots of antioxidants, improve mental alertness, relieve digestive symptoms, and promote weight loss. Because of this, it might be one of the best ways to cook your grains.

7. Dice garlic, then let it rest.

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Garlic is an essential product for every kitchen. It serves as a flavor powerhouse that brings food to life. Garlic is also great thanks to the fact that it protects us from various viruses and colds. Next time you dice some garlic up for a dish, let it rest for 5 minutes. This will maximize this plant’s powerful medicinal qualities, like cancer-fighting compounds, antioxidants, and vitamin C.

8. Buy canned tomatoes over fresh ones.

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We all want to see our dishes full of vitamins and useful elements, and tomatoes are an incredible source of all these things. But what type of tomato is the healthier choice? Treat processed tomatoes as your top pick in the grocery store. First, processed tomatoes are harvested ripe, red, and full of goodness. The concentrated state will make processed tomatoes the richest known source of lycopene. Meanwhile, fresh market tomatoes are picked green and some of the fresh tomatoes are gassed with other fruits to promote consistent ripening.

What kind of incredible life hacks do you use daily to stay healthy? Share them with us in the comment section below.