Diet is one of the cornerstones of healthy living. Eating well is essential for optimum physical and mental well-being. Sometimes, healthy eating can seem complex and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this handy guide, we’ll outline some simple ways you can supercharge nutrition for better health.
Look for quick and easy recipes
One of the best ways to take the hassle out of planning a nutritious menu is to look for quick and easy recipes and compile a collection of dishes you love. Use the Internet to read blogs, get ideas and search social media for tasty morsels you can rustle up in 15-45 minutes. You can also use recipe books. Filter the search results for healthy meals you can cook at home in no time. From tasty homemade whole-grain pasta dishes, vibrant salads and fresh fish to an easy chicken taco soup recipe, you’ll find a treasure trove of delights at your fingertips. You can search based on key ingredients you want to use, cooking and prep time, nutritional benefits, allergies and dietary requirements, course and occasion to find the perfect dish, snack or crowd-pleaser.
Add more fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are packed with nutrients and they tend to be high in fiber and low in saturated fats. Try to vary your diet to include different types of fruit and vegetables and aim for a rainbow of colors. If you find it hard to eat 5-7 portions per day, there are some brilliant hacks you can use to up your intake. Try adding blended or finely chopped vegetables to soups, sauces and stews, add a side dish of vegetables to every fish or meat dish, and sprinkle fruit on breakfast cereals or natural yogurt for a tasty, healthy dessert. If you’re making a basic, fresh tomato sauce for pasta, for example, you can add peppers, celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms, shallots and zucchini. Serve with a side of watercress, spinach and rocket.
It’s also a brilliant idea to make smoothies at home. You can combine all kinds of fruit and vegetables to start the day with a bang. It’s better to opt for homemade smoothies rather than to buy ready-made products, as they often contain a lot of added sugar.
Analyze your diet
Many of us assume that our diets are pretty healthy, but on closer inspection, there may be gaps or areas for improvement. Analyze your diet using a food app. Enter the foods you eat each day and check the nutritional information. You may find that you’re not getting enough iron, fiber or protein, or you may be eating too much sugar or salt, for example. Once you know where you need to make changes, you can modify your diet to improve nutrition.
Nutrition is key for mental and physical health. If you’re on a mission to improve your diet, there are some very simple ways to embrace healthy eating. Look for quick and easy recipes to cook at home, add more fruit and vegetables to your daily menu and analyze your diet to learn more about where you need to make changes.
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