The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And if you walk a little further on the same way, it will lead you to his test reports alerting you to the status of his health! Everybody knows that a healthy diet means a healthy husband, but at times, however hard you may try, changing your husband’s eating habits can actually be really hard. However, sneaking in small, subtle changes in your husband’s diet can help you solve this problem.
Here are some small changes that you can introduce into your husband’s diet to make his diet healthier:
Introduce fruits into your husband’s diet. Ensure that your husband eats at least one serving of fruit every day. The serving can be calculated according to his weight. If his weight is 70 kgs, then he should have at least 700 gms of fruit every day. Fruits can be eaten in any form – raw, salads, smoothies etc.
2) Nuts and Seeds
Another dietary supplement that will work wonders for your husband’s health is nuts and seeds. Packed with proteins, nuts are also loaded with unsaturated fats, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, plant sterols and L-arginine. All these things help to lower bad cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. Since nuts contain unsaturated fats that are high in calories, they should be eaten in moderation. Ideally, a daily serving of 20 gms of nuts should be enough. Again, these can be eaten in any form, either combined with a salad, mashed in the curry, or just grabbed on the go as an evening snack.
3) Drink Up
Make your husband drink up! Yes. Not the alcohol or caffeinated variety, but the fresh substitute variety. Make infused water for him to help him detoxify. Just chop a few citrus fruits like cucumbers, oranges, lemons and some mint leaves into 3 liters of water and leave it overnight. Refrigerate this concoction. Use it in the morning, just as you would use normal water. Ensure that your husband drinks at least a liter of this before he leaves the house and another liter of it after he comes back.
4) Try Vegetables
Start adding vegetables and herbs into everything that you serve. Add chopped pumpkin into chicken dishes, and brinjal and turnip into mutton dishes. Spice up omelets, idlis, dosas, paranthas and pasta with carrots, broccoli and beans and with herbs such as thyme and basil. Maintain a healthy stock of veggies at home and include them in the dishes that you cook without any guilt. Vegetables pack a nutritious punch and deliver the required nourishment in a well-disguised form. Also introduce dips like hummus, which are made from boiled chickpeas, into your husband’s diet.
5) Boil More
Whenever you are boiling chickpeas, kidney beans, black-eyed beans, split chickpeas, black gram, whole green gram, chicken, eggs, etc. for dinner or for lunch, boil some extra and refrigerate it. The next day, add chopped onions, tomatoes, seeds, nuts, leafy greens like lettuce and iceberg, lemon, coriander, roasted cumin powder and chaat masala to the boiled dish to make a healthy salad that can either be used as a cold breakfast or as a side dish with lunch.
As these changes are not groundbreaking, your husband will not notice them and his stomach will thank you for the healthier switch!