Have you heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Those words are full of truth. Proper nutrition is essential! What you put in your body will determine how you look and feel, and can either help or hurt you. Do you want to know what your body needs or how to make your self healthier inside and out? Read the following article for helpful suggestions to do just that:
If you like to drink soda pop, then this one is for you. You can make your own simple fruit juice sodas by mixing 1 part of your favorite juice with 2 parts carbonated water (soda water or seltzer is fine). If it’s not sweet enough, just add a bit more juice. This tastes really good with grape, cranberry, apple, or peach juices. Lemon or lime works too, so long as you combine it with a sweet juice such as apple. By drinking this instead, you reduce the number of the calories per drink, and it has the added benefit of giving you the extra vitamins and minerals that are naturally in the fruit juice.
Fill up on vegetables during lunch and dinner versus fatty foods. You can eat over twice as many vegetables while still cutting down your calorie intake. This way, you are full and still under your calories for the day. You can add vegetables to any meal to have a larger meal without increasing the amount of fatty foods.
When choosing foods, think about nutrition. Green beans seem nutritious, for example, but broccoli is a knockout in terms of nutrients, so it is better to pick broccoli for dinner. Potatoes are yummy, of course, and quite innocent, when they’re not slathered in butter or cream, but if you want to pack a truly nutritive punch, swap them out for sweet potatoes from time to time. They’re jam-packed with vitamin A and C and fiber. It’s said that sweet potatoes (NOT sweet potato fries, sorry!) are so nutritious, that you could survive on them alone.
The humble cabbage family (including kale, collard and mustard greens), provides us with an especially good buy, nutritionally. If you haven’t yet added these to your diet, you should. These dark green leafy vegetables are renowned providers of phosphorus, calcium, iron and carotenoids. Also, they are inexpensive!
Nutrition is one of the key components to proper weight control. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid can help you lose weight or maintain your current weight if you have reached your goal. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great snacks that can help keep weight off and give you what you need in nutrition when it comes to vitamins and minerals.
A good nutrition tip is to stay away from muffins and bagels when you’re eating breakfast. Muffins and bagels tend to be high in sugar, and their glycemic index is pretty high. This means that they’ll more than likely be stored as fat. Try eating oatmeal instead.
If you wish to eat something that tastes good, other than what you regularly eat, canned salmon is a good choice. Canned salmon is packed with the minerals necessary for proper body function and does not contain a lot of carbs or fat. Eat a wide variety of foods to keep yourself from getting bored with healthy eating.
Focus on food labels. Always look at the fat and sugar content of foods when shopping. Check the ingredients list, as they are listed in order of weight. Certain nutritional food claims can be misleading. ‘Light’ or ‘reduced fat’ may be just that, but it can still be very high in calories, due to the sugar content.
Salads need color and texture to catch the picky eater’s eye. Don’t be content with just lettuce. Add spinach or any young green to keep things interesting. Top it all off with some grape tomatoes or tomato wedges, baby carrots, green pepper, mushrooms, mandarin oranges and a few nuts.
People that are big fans of snacking sometimes find it hard to give up chips even though they are greasy and full of salt. Instead of giving up chips you can switch to baked chips. They are much lower in fat and they are not greasy, but you will need to keep and eye on how much sodium they contain.
Calcium is very important during pregnancy. Babies need calcium for strong bones and teeth, so if they don’t get enough from the mother, they could have a calcium deficiency.
Even though food may taste a lot better when there is cream in it, you need to be careful about eating cream based sauces and seek out healthier alternatives. Adding plain yogurt or silken tofu to sauces can give you that creamy texture that you desire without all of the additional fat and calories.
As you can see, what you put into your body has a huge impact on how you feel and look! By following the above suggestions you will be healthier you. Remember, proper nutrition is essential! After all, “You are what you eat!”