Your interest in nutrition means that you are probably already a label reader as you traverse the supermarket aisles. You also hear about food and nutrition on the evening news. The knowledge you acquire about nutrition for optimal health can truly be life-changing. These tips will help you in your efforts to get the health and energy-giving nutrients that you need.
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.
It may sound like a broken record but when it comes to nutrition, pull out that food pyramid you were given in elementary school. This will ensure that you get the proper combination of starches, proteins, carbs, and other essential elements of a healthy diet. If you are looking to be a productive member of society, or just of the workplace, being well nourished is the first step.
One of the most important things in a diet is fiber. Fiber can help make you feel stuffed, and that can help you lose weight. Your cholesterol is also impacted by your fiber intake. More fiber can reduce your risk of getting certain types of cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
For better nutrition, eat your favorite fruits and vegetables raw instead of cooked. Raw produce contains many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that steaming, boiling and frying removes. It is also a good decision to eat the skin of the fruit or vegetable, if possible, as most of the nutrients are near the surface.
Write down and collect healthy recipes. Cook books are expensive and seldom have much useful information. Make your own instead. Buy a pack of index cards and use them to copy down any healthy recipes you try and enjoy. Replace all those high calorie, unhealthy recipes you had been saving with the new ones.
Help to ensure that your children are getting the proper nutrition they need on a daily basis by packing healthy lunches for them to take to school. When making sandwiches, avoid high-fat deli meats, such as ham, bologna and salami, and opt for low-fat turkey, chicken or even lean roast beef. Use whole grain bread and light mayonnaise. Egg salad, tuna fish and an occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich provide some variety. While fresh fruit is convenient and nutritional, switch up the usual apples, oranges and bananas from time to time with dried fruit mixes, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, or carrot and celery sticks with a low-fat dip. Water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit juices and low-sodium vegetable juice all make healthy beverage choices. You can even surprise your children now and again with a homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert!
When possible, choose wild salmon over farmed salmon. Both types offer nutritional benefits, but wild salmon has higher nutritional value. Farmed salmon may be overexposed to antibiotics and pesticides that farmers add to the water. Some farmed salmon may even have artificial coloring injected into the meat to give it a more attractive orange hue. With wild salmon, you do not have these risks.
Wheat, made into bread, has been called “the staff of life.” Most of us make it a major part of our diet. But in recent years we have learned more of the “down side” of wheat. The high gluten content in wheat can cause indigestion–even celiac disease–in some people. We should note our body’s reaction to wheat carefully.
You can be very creative with food without your children even realizing it. Chop up some extra vegetables, and throw them in your chili. You can ever puree fruit, and add it to a smoothie, and your child will think they are having a nice cold dessert.
For young kids you want to make eating healthy fun for them. If they don’t like vegetables, try cooking them differently or serving them with a sauce your child likes. You can also try cutting foods into different shapes like stars, dinosaurs, etc. so that the kid can have fun while eating healthy.
These are just a few ideas that can get you going in the right direction or that can give you some new ways to get the nutrients that you need. Don’t expect instant results – this is a long-term process. Ignoring the advice is like running a motor without ever changing the oil. Sure, you won’t see any effects for a long time, but little by little the motor is sustaining irreversible damage. Don’t let that happen to your body!