Eating healthy is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps you lose and maintain an ideal weight, but also feel more energetic. And despite widespread belief, healthy eating isn’t boring. You can actually enjoy delicious foods just like when you’re eating unhealthy – except you’re eating healthier. The following suggestions will help you eat healthy and achieve your goal of looking and feeling your best.
At least half of the grains you consume should be whole grain. Therefore, substitute white bread with whole bread. Dry cereal, brown rice, and pasta are good choices for grain consumption. Since popcorn is a whole grain, it’s an excellent snack. However, don’t overload on the salt and butter.
The various varieties and colors are good, especially dark green and orange vegetables. You can enjoy vegetables either raw or cooked. Grilled vegetables such as mushrooms, green peppers, and onions are also tasty and most importantly, healthy. To get vegetables at their best flavor, buy them in season. This also cuts their cost.
Don’t satisfy your fruit cravings with only 100% fruit juice. Instead indulge also in fresh, frozen, and canned fruit (in water or juice; omit the syrup). Dried fruit can also be a great healthy snack choice. If you drink fresh fruit smoothies, use reduced fat milk or yogurt to cut calories.
Use liquid instead of solid oils. Choose low-fat mayonnaise and light salad dressings over the regular ones. It’s best to avoid butter, stick margarine, shortening, and lard; as these are solid fats. Furthermore, read product labels to avoid saturated fats, Trans fat, and sodium. These aren’t good for your cholesterol.
Meats and Beans:
Eat lean meats such as poultry, fish, and low-fat luncheon meats. Ground beef that’s at least 90% lean is also a good, healthy choice. Dry beans and peas make excellent healthy dishes such as black bean enchiladas and split pea soup. Along with meats and beans, nuts are healthy too. Walnuts, silvered almonds, and toasted cashews taste great either plain or in dishes like green salads, vegetable stir fry, or on vegetables. Peanut butter also offers the same health benefits as nuts.
Choose low-fat and fat-free products. This applies to products such as milk, yogurt, natural or processed cheeses. Use reduced fat milk for all your cooking recipes. For recipes requiring cheese toppings, use shredded low-fat cheese.