In order to live a healthy life, it is even necessary to devote time to active exercise and sports, but also to a healthy diet. To be honest, one of the most important and influential factors in our health is food. So where to start when you decide to eat healthy? And most importantly, how to ensure that a healthy diet becomes part of the family’s daily routine? This does not require special measures or significant additional financial costs. Just a little time to plan your meals in advance using these tips:
Use Healthy Eating Pyramid.
It represents the things which are the most important as well as the ones which should be used sparingly and shouldn’t be used at all. Having Healthy Eating Pyramid in hand it is easy to remember that whole grain foods as well as plant oils should be at most of families’ day meals. Vegetables should be used in abundance, fruits 2-3 times a day, nuts and legumes should be eaten not more than three times a day. When speaking about fish, poultry or eggs, it is advised not to use them every single day. And if you choose to cook something from these products, it is suggested not to have them more than twice a day. Finally, red meat, white rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, sweets and soda should be used sparingly.
Read nutrition labels.
That is an ideal way letting you know the detailed information about the product as well as to compare foods very easily and to choose the healthiest one. It will help you to choose low in saturated fat, sodium as well as added sugars. Why it is important? First of all, it lets you meet nutrient needs within the calorie requirement. You can choose the product, which is more nutritious, does not contain added sugar or other additives that are not useful for the body, which enhances the color, smell as well as taste of the product. Secondly, choosing products carefully will reduce your risk for heart and chronic diseases. If you can choose to buy a healthy and useful product and you have great opportunities to find it, why not use them?
Eat more vegetables and fruits.
This does not necessarily mean an extra apple for breakfast or a banana for lunch. In order to increase the amount of fruit consumed, the fruit should replace those products that you used to enjoy quite often. For example, potato chips can be replaced with dried or lyophilized fruits or berries. You can also choose beets, carrots or apple chips. This way, not only will you get to know a wider variety of flavors but you will also discover healthy products that will become a part of your daily meals. What is more, choose to eat vegetables as a main course more often. You may bake a lasagna, pancakes or even cakes from vegetables. If you feel that you have lack of ideas, recipes from all over the world will always help you.