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There is no one that doesn’t like to eat healthy. So today, you’ll be learning the best ways on how to eat healthy. Eating healthy means feeling better every single day and losing weight along the way without having to count calories. You should know that eating heart healthy foods can help prevent serious diseases such as heart disease, obesity and type II diabetes.
Here are 8 small steps to take each week with a view to improving your nutrition and achieving a healthier you:
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
Go with orange and dark-green vegetables such as sweet potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes along with other vegetables when taking your meals. Take enough fruits and vegetables and you can be sure of getting the right amount of minerals, vitamins and fiber your body needs for a healthier look.
Eat varieties of lean protein-foods
For lean protein foods, go with poultry foods like chicken or turkey breast, or ground beef for the label says 90% lean or higher. You can make your selection among other protein food group such as seafood, eggs, dry beans or peas, nuts, etc.
Eat whole grains
Try to make half of the grains you eat whole grains and the best way to do this is to switch from refined-grains to whole-grain foods. For instance, you should start eating whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. When buying food products, choose ones that first list the whole-grain ingredients such as “whole wheat”, “bulgur”, “brown rice”, “rolled oats”, etc.
Choose lower sodium food products
Read the Nutrition Facts label when buying foods like bread, soup and frozen meals. Choose the ones where the label says something like “reduced sodium”, “low sodium”, or “no salt added”.
Choose fat-free or low-fat milk
Whether you choose fat-free milk or low-fat milk, they both have the same calcium content and other essential nutrients as the whole milk. The only difference is that they contain less saturated fat and fewer calories.
Drink water in place of sugary drinks
If you’re serious about cutting calories, then you have to do away with sugary drinks such as energy drinks, soda and sports drinks. Drink water or unsweetened beverages instead. You can add a slice of watermelon, lime or lemon to the glass of water for some flavor.
Cut back on solid fats
Eat less of solid fat foods for a healthier body. These solid fat foods are usually gotten from cookies, cakes, pizza, and fatty meats such as hot dogs, sausages, ribs and bacon.
Eat some seafood
Seafood are one of the best healthy foods to eat, they contains minerals, protein and omega-3 fatty acids needed for a healthy body. They include fish (e.g. tuna, salmon and trout) and shellfish (e.g. mussels, oysters and crabs).
Remember that eating a heart healthy diet doesn’t happen all at once. It takes one-step at a time. Making some small changes in the right direction can help keep you healthy and improve your life in the long run.
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