Although it may seem difficult to eat properly, it is the best move to make if you want a better quality of life. If you aren't properly educated about nutrition, you could eat too much, eat too little, or eat a diet that contains insufficient nutrients. No worries, though; the tips in this article will guide you toward better nutrition--safely.
Food labels should be examined closely. Just because something is labeled "reduced-fat" doesn't mean it is nutritionally sound. Often, they are loaded with unhealthy ingredients like sugar and lots of salt. Foods that have been overly processed do not lend to weight loss. The ingredients in most healthy products are easily recognizable to most people. If you cannot understand more than a few ingredients on its label, avoid buying the item of food.
Do not rely on meat for protein. Protein can be found in a variety of different foods. You can find plenty of protein in fish, as well as vegetarian foods like Tofu, Tempeh, beans, and nuts. These options can either be eaten as a side dish or even incorporated into the main course. Eat more than one type of protein so that you do not get bored with your diet.
To increase your chances of having all the vitamins your body needs each day, consider taking a multi-vitamin in the mornings. You will primarily want to focus on eating healthy, nutritious foods; however, taking a good multi-vitamin will ensure that you get sound, balanced nutrition.
Reduce your salt intake. Junk food and fast food tend to have a high salt content. If you start pulling back on how much salt you eat each day, you may begin noticing the flavor of salt more often than before. Foods that are not healthy for you might suddenly be too salty. The less salt you are consuming, the less often you will find yourself craving it.
Trying to eat less red meat? Then turn it into a condiment. Meat can add texture and flavor to grain-based or vegetable dishes. Chinese and Mediterranean cultures do this and have reduced their heart disease-related incidents. Cooking a vegetarian meal a few times a week can do wonders for your nutrition. It will help your wallet, your weight and your heart. It also helps you moderate the amount of animal fat you have in a week.
Quinoa is another great option as well. It is considered a complete protein. It can be served up so many ways. You can use it as a pilaf for a great meal or even for a delicious breakfast.
As you now know, getting proper nutrition is not that hard. Although becoming educated on the subject can be difficult, you will see it was worth it eventually. When you follow these tips in your daily life, you will be on your way to a healthier you.
Try out lots of different nutritious recipes. Here is one for Yummy Banana Oat Bars from Eat to Live, Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Yummy Banana Oat Bars
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ cup raisins or chopped dates
¼ cup chopped walnuts
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce (optional: see note)
1 Tbls. Date sugar (optional: see note)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut into squares or bars.
Note: Add the applesauce and date sugar for sweeter, moister bars.
Let me know if you made these as is or made any replacements and what you thought! Can't wait to hear.