In our quest to become the healthiest version of ourselves, we try our best to hit the gym on a regular basis, munch on nutritious food and make as many healthy lifestyle choices as we can. Unfortunately, when it comes to food choices, how we prepare them can actually make or break their nutritional value!
If you’ve been trying to fuel up with healthy foods but aren’t 100% sure if you’re getting the most out every meal, then read on. Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Healthy Foods You Could Be Eating Wrongly:
It’s no secret that veggies are an essential part of a balanced diet. After all, consuming the recommended amount of veggies daily can play a part in reducing your risk of contracting various diseases as well as cancer. However, if you’ve been boiling your veggies, you’re actually eliminating some key water-soluble nutrients such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and polyphenolics! Although boiling is a quick, simple way to cook your veggies, you’re better off steaming them.
How do you usually have your yogurt? If you have it plain, then it’s time to give it a healthier twist by sprinkling some flax, hemp, or chia seeds as a topping. As yogurt is filled with yeast and sugars, it’s actually highly acidic and can clog your digestive system when the sugars ferment in your body! Hence, adding flax, hemp or chia seeds actually aids in digesting the yogurt and prevents constipation. What’s more, as these seeds are alkaline in nature, they can neutralize the acid from the yogurt.
It’s true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what you might not know is that said apple has its skin on! Do you peel your apples before eating them? If you do, you’re not only removing the skin but also crucial nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium, folate, potassium, and fiber. So the next time you head to the supermarket, reach out for organic apples and remember to munch on them with the peel intact!
4) Sweet Potatoes
With a high Vitamin A content, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, there’s no doubt that sweet potatoes have great nutritional value. However, having sweet potato fries isn’t the way to go if you wish to enjoy it in a healthy way. After all, frying adds lots of calories and fat to an otherwise healthy veggie. Instead, why not boil or steam it to reap the most nutritional benefits?
Besides being a convenient snack to carry around, bananas also give you a much needed pre-workout boost. However, did you know that you shouldn’t eat them on their own? Ideally, you should enjoy this fruit with some kind of healthy fat like almond butter or peanut butter because the fat will help metabolize the high sugar content in bananas.
Yes, we know. Tea and milk go together perfectly. Unfortunately, each time you add milk to your tea, you’re reducing the catechins found in tea, due to the caseins in milk – and these catechins actually increase protection against heart disease. To reap all the benefits tea has to offer, it’s best to have it on its own; or if you wish to take things up a notch and detox, opt for green tea.
We’ve mentioned the importance of chia seeds in #2, and it’s about to make another appearance here. This superfood is a healthy fat and contains 20% protein and 50% omega-3 acids, hence, it’s a good addition to your juice! When you add chia seeds to your juices (even alkaline green juices), you slow down the metabolization of the sugars present – yes, even green juices contain a bit of sugar. When you slow down the metabolization, you’ll not only get energy throughout the day but also prevent insulin spikes in your blood.
Now that you know what you can do to reap the most benefits out of everything you eat, go forth and make every meal count!