4 Easy Ways to Incorporate Healthy Food in Your Life
What percentage of your diet consists of processed foods? An eighth? A quarter? A half? Do these amounts sound like too much? Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, at least half of your calories come from processed foods, even if that does sound like a lot. That statistic comes from an article on The Atlantic’s website, and it speaks volumes about how we eat today.
Part of the problem is that these types of foods are convenient. You just pop them into the microwave and go. They’re also bad for you over the long haul, but you don’t have to be resigned to eating an unhealthy diet for the rest of your days. There are healthy ways to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet. Here are four of them.
1. Berries for Breakfast
Breakfast is a good time to add a few healthy fruits into your diet, according to Cooking Light. If your regular breakfast fare includes a dose of hot oatmeal, add a generous portion of fruits like bananas, peaches, or apples with cinnamon to it.
Or if you just want something simple, throw together a fruit smoothie. Gather up fruits like frozen berries, bananas, apples, and oranges. Add in coconut water or a nut milk like almond milk to the mix and blend. And if you’re concerned about not getting enough greens in your diet, a smoothie is a perfect way to add some in. Just toss a handful of spinach in with the other ingredients and go.
2. Add More Color to Your Plate
A colorful plate is a healthy plate. To make your plate more colorful, The Food Network suggests that you add more vegetables to your meals and to make sure that those veggies are plenty colorful.
Doing this ensures that you get all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you need to stay healthy. Additionally, shoot for making the vegetable to protein/ carbs ratio 70/30. That’s 70% vegetables and 30% of everything else.
3. Sneak in an Avocado
If you like sandwiches, consider adding a slice of avocado to your favorite sammy. That’s the advice that Everyday Health gives its readers, who want to do something good for their hearts. The site suggests that these healthy fruits might just help your body lower its cholesterol levels.
There are other ways to add avocado to your diet, too. For something sweet, make a ”faux” mousse from avocados. Just add some cocoa powder to some blended avocados and vanilla extract. A frozen banana mixed in makes this an extra yummy treat.
4. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
If you stock healthy food, that’s what you’ll eat, even if sugary snacks are typically your downfall. Stock up some healthy stuff by cutting up some vegetables like carrots and celery, plus some bell peppers. Put them in the fridge. Air popped popcorn in the cupboard is another good option. Apples, bananas, and oranges are also good sweet and tasty. The important thing is to have them stocked and prepared ahead of time, so you can just grab them when you’re hungry.
Although many people eat a highly-processed diet, there are ways to back away from such eating habits. One way to do that is to gradually replace some of your unhealthy foods with some healthier options. By incorporating one or more of these pieces of advice, you’ll easily add more fruits and vegetables to your diet without having to try too hard to do it.
Healthy eating isn’t so much about forbidding yourself from eating the things you enjoy. Rather, it’s about finding ways to add in some healthier options. And if you can do it in a way that’s a bit sneaky, like adding avocado to your sandwich or spinach to your smoothie, the transition will be easier. You won’t feel deprived. Instead, you’ll be enjoying a healthier version of many of your favorite dishes.