Eating healthy or making changes to your diet doesn’t have to be extreme. Substituting ingredients with natural options goes a long way, says sports nutritionist Harvie De Baron. “Taking away what’s processed and unnatural in food means prep requires more effort, but realizing you can do away with unhealthy ingredients is worth it in the long run.

Even swaps like ditching mixes for basic ingredients already significantly cuts down your intake of MSG, excess sodium, and saturated fats. Have a sweet tooth? Try The Baron Method’s take on the beloved, and often sinful, brownie.

Gluten-free Banana Brownies

6 large eggs 6 medium overripe bananas, mashed 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil 2Tbsp raw honey 2tsp muscovado sugar (optional)

1 tsp real vanilla extract 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs, grind to powder 1/2 cupdark chocolate chips (at least 65% dark)

1 Preheat oven at 325°F

2 Combine eggs, mashed bananas, VCO, raw honey, muscovado, vanilla extract. Beat until consistency is creamy.

3 Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut flour, powdered cacao nibs.

Add to wet ingredients

4 Add chocolate chips to batter.

5 Bake for 20-25 minutes

(if using a muffin pan) 30-35 minutes (if using a loaf pan).


Eat your way to a flatter, toned tummy! Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, the Colombian-born holistic nutritionist, vegan chef, and cookbook author also known as The Healthy Voyager, created this flat-belly eating plan to help you stay trim and satisfied.


1 slice of whole wheat bread 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 1 cup berries

Eating easy-to-digest foods, like fiber-rich whole grains and berries, reduces bloat and cranks up belly-fat burn. Lean proteins, like nut butters, give you an energy boost.


2 cups spinach 1/4 avocado, sliced 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes 2 tsp olive oil

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Monounsaturated fats (hi, avocados!) cleanse bad fats and reduce cortisol, which cuts down inflammation.


1 black bean veggie burger patty

1 small sweet potato, roasted 1/2 cup asparagus, sauteed

2 tsp olive oil and garlic for sauteing

Sweet spuds provide sleep-inducing complex carbs lack of sleep leads to weight gain.

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