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10 brilliant food hacks you need to try ASAP

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Some days you want to spend an entire afternoon in the kitchen, making a batch of purple sweet potato pie bars or healthy pozole rojo. But other days you’ve got just 15 minutes to spare—or you’re saving up for a big vacation and don’t want to spend your entire paycheck on groceries.

Enter: the food hack.

In just seconds (okay, sometimes minutes), you can make your health eating life way easier. And this year we shared a lot of brilliant food hacks, both ones we came up with and others we learned from wellness influencers.

That includes how to make vegan and Paleo-friendly meals in under 10 minutes, the secret to curbing sugar cravings all day, and the key to making dairy-free ice cream with just four ingredients. Rounded up here are these tips, among others—the very best of the last 365 days.

One more piece of free advice: Bookmark this page and use it as a resource all year long.

Ready to start 2017 off feeling like a healthy genius? Keep reading for the best food hacks of the year.

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1. How to de-stem kale super fast, no knife required


Photo Illustration: Julia Wu
Photo Illustration: Julia Wu

2. How to make a superfood smoothie for $2


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3. How to curb all-day sugar cravings via your morning coffee


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Photo: This Beautiful Day

4. How to make time-saving, healthy (and pretty!) ice cubes


Cauliflower rice recipe Love and Lemons
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5. How to make cauliflower rice at home


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6. How to cook sweet potatoes in more creative (but simple) ways


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Photo: Stocksnap/Krzysztof Puszczyński

7. How to choose the perfect, ripe avocado


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8. How to cook for vegans and Paleo eaters in under 10 minutes


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Photo: Sweet C’s Designs

9. How to satisfy your bread-or-pasta fix without eating bread or pasta



10. How to make vegan ice cream fast, with just four ingredients

Ready to be really up on the 2017 food trends? These are the items that will be trending at Whole Foods across the country next year. And if you’re wondering if your eating habits match everyone else’s, Google offers up some insight