1. Include Vegetables in New Ways
Add tomato, cucumber and bell peppers to whole wheat bread for sandwiches. If you must eat pizza, include toppings such as peppers, mushrooms, broccoli or spinach. Don’t eat canned soups. Instead puree fresh vegetables in a food processor for stews or soup. Keep veggies, such as carrots or celery on hand for snacking. Slice them first so you are more motivated to eat them.
Also, try to eat a salad at dinner every night. Include more vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers instead of croutons and cheese. Top your salad off with oil (olive oil) and vinegar dressing.
2. Stay Informed by Reading Labels
If you make it a practice to read labels, you’ll be much more aware of what you are consuming and will be more mindful of the contents of certain foods. This can quickly become a habit and change the way you buy foods for your family.
3. Eating Fiber is Also Good for your Pocketbook
Did you know that oats are a good value and provide the needed fiber and protein while being lower in calories? Usually, a serving of a half cup is about 140 calories. Getting enough fiber is very important for your digestion. In addition to oats, try nuts and other whole grain products.
4. Avoid Using Butter or Salt
Use products that are known to be low in saturated fat. Avoid cooking with butter, which is high in saturated fat and can increase your cholesterol level. Also, sodium or salt should be avoided or eliminated from the diet. When cooking, use herbs or salt-free spices instead.
5. Steam Vegetables
Vegetables, should not be overcooked as they will lose much of their nutritional value. Better to steam them instead. Also, be careful about removing the peeling as much of the vitamins and minerals are located in this part of the plant.
6. Healthful Lunches
Plan a well-balanced lunch of tuna, a fruit or veggie and some homemade soup for lunch. If you do eat at a restaurant, cut down on the amount you eat by consuming sandwiches, such as hamburgers, open-faced, eating only half the bread or bun. Concentrate more on the conversation and atmosphere than what’s on your plate.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Incorporate a new tip or two each week and before you know it, you’ll notice a difference in the way you feel.