Have you ever craved for a home cooked meal instead of eating out? Well, you’re not alone. It’s hard to find time to cook with a busy lifestyle, especially when many of us are working bees. Healthy eating is maintaining a balanced meal and not about strict limitations or restrictions. Feel good about what you eat! Think about planning a healthy diet as small and easy manageable steps.
5 Easy Tips for Healthy Eating
#1 Prepare More of Your Meals. By preparing and cooking your own meals, you can control and monitor what goes into your food. This means opting for fresh products and less on preservatives. If you do not have time to search for delicious recipes or even visit the grocery store, then look for your local meal boxes. Hello Fresh is a good option if you’re in the Dallas Metropolis. They have chefs who create weekly recipes and the fresh ingredients are delivered to your door. I personally have tried this for about three weeks now, and it’s been a success!
#2 Replacing unhealthy foods with healthy alternatives. This means replacing junk food and candy with fresh vegetables and fruits. Fruits and veggies are low in calories and are packed with nutrients. They are great sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber! To satisfy that sweet tooth consider replacing sweets with corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, yellow onions, and squash. Try adding berries to your diet. As we previously discussed berries are a great source of antioxidants, and oranges or mangoes are great sources of Vitamin C.
#3 Moderation is key. We’ve all heard this at one point in time that moderation is key. How many of us go into a food coma after hitting the buffet? Moderation means only eating as much as your body needs and not feel stuffed. Think smaller portions and eat slowly. Believe it or not, it actually takes a few minute for you brain to tell your body that it is full.
#4 Eat breakfast and avoid eating at night. Many studies suggest eating when you’re most active helps in maintaining weight. Jump start your metabolism by making sure that you eat a healthy breakfast such as oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and fruits. Smaller meals will help in keeping your energy up throughout the day.
#5 Enjoy healthy fats. Good sources of fat are to help nourish your brain, heart, and cells! Foods rich in omega 3 fats can even reduce cardiovascular disease. You can add salmon, herring, mackerel, soybean, sunflower, walnuts, or corn to your diet for omega 3 sources. Also replace your vegetable oil with canola oil, peanut oil, olive oils. Nuts and avocados are great sources of mono saturated fats.