When people talk about nutrition, it often conjures images of bland salads with iceberg lettuce and grainy tomatoes. Do not be tricked into believing that a healthy diet is a bland diet. As luck would have it, nutritionally balanced food can be delicious and adventurous. Try these simple tips to jump-start your efforts towards improving your nutrition, and start appreciating food as nourishment for your body.
If you are going for a healthier diet, start out slowly. You cannot force change overnight. You also don’t want to provide yourself with too much of a shock by eating foods that you may not even like. Over the next month, add in some healthier alternatives to your old menu, and then you have a habit.
Get some of your protein from sources other than meat. There are other edible form of protein out there. Tofu, beans and nuts are all good sources of protein. These foods can be incorporated into side dishes or as part of a main dish. Keep your diet interesting by adding a variety of sources of protein.
If you have trouble eating healthy foods, try sneaking them into your usual foods. You can add nutrition to your children’s meals using a stealth method of including vegetables into meals. Examples of this stealth approach would be fortifying baked goods and blender drinks with dry milk powder, and sneaking 1/2 cup or so of white beans into your next quick bread, cookie, or cake recipe. When you do this, you whole family eats better without tasting the difference.
If you are planning on a diet that gives you better nutrition, do not ever forget breakfast. Breakfast is very important because it raises your metabolism, while giving the body all its needed nutrients to start your day.
Grains which have been highly milled should be minimized in any diet. By removing the husks and hulls of grains you don’t get the full benefit of their fiber and nutrients. Is it sensible to buy highly-milled grains and then replace the nutrients with supplements? No. This does not make any sense when you could get your nutrients from eating the whole grains.
As you can see, eating a balanced, nutritious diet is easy and fun. There is a lot of room for creativity in the world of food, so it is a wonderful way to enhance your quality of life without limiting yourself. These tips are only the beginning to a new, healthier you!