How to Make Nutritious Choices

Cup of mixed fruit full of nutritious choices

 

Eating responsibly — especially when you’re on a new diet – can be tough.  Yet if you’re focus is to live a healthier life then it’s time to make your diet a priority.  We all have different calorie needs, but below I’d like to share a few tips on how to make nutritious choices.

Cup of mixed fruit full of nutritious choices

Having a healthy diet has a lot of benefits. It can help you lose weight or maintain your desired weight.  It also can lower your cholesterol and prevent certain health conditions. In general, a healthy diet keeps your body running smooth.  Below I’ve gathered up health tips that lead to nutritious choices, but please keep in mind that being healthy is more than a diet — it’s a lifestyle.   Integrate the below nutritious choices with regular exercises and smart habits to live your best life now.

Go Half-Veggie

pie chart breaking down plate of nutritious choices

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you should always try to fill 50% of your plate with vegetables.  Split the remaining half of your plate between lean protein (like shrimp or tempeh) and a source of complex carbs (such as beans or whole-grain).

Buy Local

farmers market filled with fruits and veggies and nutritious choices

Your food will taste fresher when it spends less time going from the field to your fridge.  It may be healthier, too.  Researchers at Montclair State University in New Jersey found that locally harvested broccoli had twice the amount of Vitamin C as that obtained out of season and shipped from far away.

Load on the Flavor

spoons filled with herbs and spices

Did you know that herbs and spices are nutritional powerhouses?  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it’s true.  Parsley, for instance, is high in apigenin, a potent anti-cancer compound.  Oregano may help fight off viruses, and special compounds in thyme are anti-inflammatory.  It’s lucky for us that all of this also tastes great, too.

Mix Up Your Fruit Bowl

tropical fruit salad

If it’s always full of apples and bananas, consider the many vitamins and minerals you’re missing by not snacking on other types of produce, too.  Try swapping a kiwi for your usual Red Delicious and you’ll get 18 times more Vitamin K that day.  Wow!  If you need some inspiration, here’s a great article to give you some ideas.

One More Thing…

Did these nutritious choices above work for you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com.  And if you’re struggling to eat healthily on a tight budget, I have a great article to read here.  And please be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive more great tips like these straight to your inbox.

 

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