Ask Away...: Staying Healthy By Packing Your Diet With Nutrients

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Staying Healthy By Packing Your Diet With Nutrients

In your younger years, the concept that junk food was bad for you, probably didn’t worry you all that much. Obviously, you wanted to stay slim and toned, but aside from that, you weren’t worried about what eating junk food could mean for your body.


However, as you’ve got older, you’ve begun to think more about your diet and why eating healthily is so important. With a big part of that being ensuring you are getting all of the right nutrients so that you are as strong and healthy as possible.


If you are still struggling to ensure that you are packing your diet with nutrients and eating for your health as well as for your tastes, then you may find the below tips and pieces of advice helpful.


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Take the half veggies approach


For every meal that you have (breakfast excluded), aim to fill at least half of your plate with vegetables or salad. Nutritionists recommend that our plates should always be a quarter meat, fish, or vegetarian protein, a quarter carbohydrates like potato, pasta or rice, and half vegetables or salad. To increase your nutrient intake and ensure that you are feeding your body with everything that it needs to function effectively and stay strong, take the half veggies approach at every meal. Make it easier for yourself by investing in a portion control plate that has three areas marked on it - one for meat, one for carbs, and one for veggies.


Always eat well


While it’s fine to treat yourself to a takeaway every so often, for the most part, aim to always eat healthily. What this means is that when you go out for lunch or dinner, opt to order something that’s healthy, such as a salad or steamed fish and vegetables. When at home, cooking your own meals is always your best option for eating healthily. However, for those days when you just don’t have the time to cook, using a service like Nutrisystem, for instance, could be a good option. Traininginthebay.com reviewed Nutrisystem, so by reading their review, you can learn more about the meals offered and the nutritional value of them. If possible, it’s best to make your own food, but for those days when you’re too busy, having your meals delivered could work well.


Snack right


Don’t fill up on snacks that have no nutritional value. Instead, aim to always snack on healthy, wholesome foods. Raw veggies and fresh fruit make great snacks, as do nuts and seeds. Hummus and carrot sticks make a filling and nutrient packed snack. Fresh fruit, natural live yogurt, and a teaspoon of honey makes for a delicious snack. Sweet potato toast topped with sliced fruit and yogurt is another option. Get creative with your snacks to prevent boredom - there are plenty of ideas online if you need a little inspiration.


Boost your breakfast


Whatever breakfast you are having, whether it’s cereal, a cooked breakfast, or pancakes, give it a boost by having some fresh fruit. Top your porridge or cereal with berries, spread avocado on your toast to go with your eggs, or add blueberries to your pancake batter or top your cooked pancakes with pureed berries. For a nutrient packed breakfast on-the-go, blend a handful of berries, a banana, and some spinach with oat, soy or almond milk and make a delicious, healthy smoothie.


There you have it, hacks for staying healthy by packing your diet with nutrients.



















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