The decade-long healthy living hot topic has reached insane lengths.TV shows, blogs, commercials, we are bombarded with the newest healthy diets, the latest exercise crazes, listicles of do’s and don’ts for a happier lifestyle… Everybody has an opinion, yet most opinions change on a daily basis. Wishing to lead a healthy life is a natural state of mind, but is there any diet based on common sense rather than trends? Of course there is.

Most of our daily food intake consists of easily consumed fast food, junk food, chips and sodas. It doesn’t take a medical degree to understand that junk food is the main culprit behind our steadily deteriorating health. The good news is, it’s just a matter of habit. Who doesn’t love to nibble on a little something as they go about their daily tasks? With just a bit of organization and a slight change in your shopping list, you can drastically improve the quality of your snack time.

Portions represent the fine line between something being healthy, and something being over-the-top. Store-bought items usually come in unnecessarily large quantities (America, we are looking at you), but they can be served in fancy little bowls, and you could have stylish little cherry/assorted nuts/biscuit meals.

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Basic cravings are the worst, but just because chips and peanuts and ice-cream are the perfect cravings, you are not obliged to go for them. Kale is the superfood of the year, and the great thing about it is that you can use it in so many different ways. Kale chips are easy to make and store, but you can even get store-bought kale chips for when you are on the go.

If you find that fruit and veggies on their own can’t satisfy you, then you need to up your fruit and veggie game. Apples can only keep you running for a short while, but apple slices dipped in almond butter are a completely different story. Other ideas for boosting dull snacks – roast your cauliflowers, sweet potatoes, carrots. Yoghurt, especially Greek yoghurt is an upgrade to most berries and nuts.

Now, it is easy to eat healthy on your own, but social norms demand that you serve beer and chips when you’re having company over. Or do they? At your next party, cut up raw carrots, cucumbers and celery, and serve with cherry tomatoes. Your guests will appreciate your innovative hosting skills, and the trend will spread like wildfire. And what if you are the guest? Instead of the overdone bottle of wine you shamefully bought half an hour ago at the closest supermarket, how about you try something different? Sending fruit baskets seems to have fallen out of fashion in situations that are not baby showers, but just think how cool the person that brings food to a party is. Everybody loves food, especially after a few drinks. And fruit in general makes people feel a little better about themselves, a little more grown up and responsible, and more likely to live up to a ripe old age.