Who says a healthy diet can’t be fun?
Food is a huge part of our lives. We need it like a cell phone needs a charge in its battery. The nutrients in food also contribute to a host of housekeeping tasks in our bodies. For example, a healthy diet provides the body with the nutrients it needs to detoxify, repair, and rebuild. The body also needs materials to protect itself against all sorts of illnesses and health conditions.
So, it is only right that we eat right. Adopting a healthy diet does not have to be a drag. You can have fun with your food while building a stronger and, yes, leaner body.
Whatever Your Meal Plan, Be Sure To Check These Boxes
There are a few hacks that you can use to create tasty meals that are good for your waistline and the rest of your body. You will love the first one:
1) Eat until you are pleasantly full
That does not mean that you should stuff yourself until you get the sweats. It merely means that you should not feel hungry after a meal. Remaining hungry will only trigger the urge to indulge in a (probably) unhealthy snack later. The rest of the tips will help you to fill up on tasty and beneficial foods.
2) Eat foods with high volume
A person that is midway through a crash diet might feel a surge of rage at the sight of an anemic-looking salad on an otherwise empty plate. Next comes the rebellion when the person falls off the wagon and gorges themselves on grease.
To develop a healthy attitude towards food, choose foods that take up space on your plate and in your stomach. Choose foods with lots of water and air. They take up space without adding extra calories to your meals. Vegetables and fruits like apples are good examples of such foods.
3) Fiber is your friend
It turns out that foods that are rich in fiber are often bulky and therefore filling. Which makes them high volume foods. Fiber also slows the movement of food through the digestive system, which keeps you full for a longer time.
4) Eat foods that are high in protein
Starting your day with a high protein breakfast can keep you satiated for hours on end. Not to mention all the benefits that your body will reap from said proteins.
5) Choose foods that are light in calories
Do not take this to mean that you should starve yourself. It just means that you should choose bulky foods that have very few calories for their volume. The foods should also pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients and other health benefits.
— Evolve MMA (@EvolveMMA) April 17, 2019
10 Tasty, Healthy Foods That You Should Eat Often
Choosing foods that meet the requirements discussed here is surprisingly easy. As it turns out, many common foods that we take for granted do us a lot of good. Foods like:
Eggs get a bad rap in some quarters, for some strange reason. The truth is that they are something of a superfood. It turns out that eggs have all nine of the essential amino acids that the human body needs. Better yet, eggs are rich in vitamin D, which the bones need to maintain their mass.
Egg yolks also have lots of vitamins and antioxidants, which are useful in fighting illness. Switch out that bagel for a whole egg. It will nourish you and keep you satiated, well into the afternoon.
2) Salmon and other fish
The heart needs care, just as much as the rest of the body. Salmon can help with that. It is rich in vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are the fats that your heart and brain thrive on.
Treat yourself to salmon as often as you can. When you cannot, pick another type of fish. It will also have the same benefits, pretty much.
3) Lean meat
A nice steak can really hit the spot. So can a delicious meat stew. Red meat is rich in iron and of course, protein. So sit down to a filling meal of lean meat and some fiber.
The protein will keep you full and happy for many hours.
Many people like cereal in the morning. But what if you changed it up a bit? Choose oatmeal instead. It is a complex carbohydrate that is rich in fiber. Meaning that you will digest it much slower than breakfast cereal, which is often made with refined sugar.
To make your oatmeal even more healthy and delicious, you can enrich it with milk, cream, raw egg, honey and/or berries.
See? ‘Healthy’ does not have to mean ‘tastes like paper.’
Berries are a great snack, sweetener or condiment. For people with a sweet tooth, they are an excellent substitute for candy. Take blueberries as an example. They are full of antioxidants, vitamin A, and fiber. Also, they go well with lots of other foods.
In general, berries are low in calories, high in antioxidants, full of vitamins and great all around.
6) Juicy fruits
Fruits are better than soda. Taste wise, citrus fruits are a healthy, tangy substitute for fizzy drinks. They also have more water and less sugar than soft drinks. Not to mention all the fiber and vitamin C that they provide.
Let us also give a special mention to apples, for the same reasons.
They make a healthier snack compared to potato chips. They are filling and rich in proteins, essential oils, and vitamin E. Nuts have more calories than most other foods listed here. But they are still healthier than most salted snacks.
Foods like peas, lentils, and beans are rich in both protein and fiber, which makes them quite filling. They also contain useful minerals. Beans, for example, have iron in them. Best of all, legumes are a low-cal food that can help with weight loss.
9) Spinach, broccoli, and vegetables in general
Green vegetables are nutritious, high in fiber, and often full of antioxidants. Vegetables like broccoli are rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
Yogurt is often overlooked, despite its many benefits. One unique upside to yogurt is that it is a probiotic. Meaning that it provides the gut with good bacteria that help with digestion and the overall wellbeing of the stomach. This is over and above the protein and vitamins that come with dairy.
Choose Greek or natural yogurt over flavored alternatives. If you find the yogurt a bit too tart, you can sweeten it with berries or dried fruit.
It seems like people got it right a long time ago. It is all about moderation and choosing the right foods. To enjoy a nutritious, healthy, and fun diet, all you have to do is shop in the produce section or your local farmer’s market. And for the meat-eaters, visit the butcher.
Make time to prepare your own meals. You will notice your body gets trimmer and healthier. Mix up your diet with high-calorie-burning activities like martial arts classes for even better results.
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