When the new year rolls around, we all start thinking about eating a little bit lighter and healthier. It’s important to not just cut out the fat and calories, but to make sure you’re also putting wholesome and good-for-you foods in your body. Here are just a few tips to keep your diet healthy and delicious.
Different colors are representations of nutrients found in fruits and veggies. Eating a variety of colors is an easy way to ensure you're getting a well-rounded, nutrient-rich diet.
Red – Red fruits and veggies are beneficial to your heart and your memory.
Orange – I’m sure you’ve heard that things like carrots and cantaloupe are good for your eyes. They’re also rich in beta carotene and vitamin c.
Yellow – Choices like squash, pineapple and lemons boost your immunity and help with circulation.
Green – Foods like kale, spinach and broccoli are known for being healthy – and for good reason – they contain zinc, vitamins a, c and e, iron… the list goes on.
Blue and Purple – Fruits and veggies like blueberries and eggplant are rich in antioxidants.
White – Foods like jicama, cauliflower and garlic are good for blood pressure among many other benefits.
Choose fresh, unprocessed meats.
Processed meats often contain nitrates, which have been linked to cancer. Opt for grass-fed, organic beef. Not only are you cutting out the bad stuff, grass fed beef contains considerably more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than grain fed.
Eat more whole foods.
Adding more whole foods to your diet will help you cut back on simple sugars, salt and refined carbohydrates. Whole foods are processed as little as possible and are free from additives and artificial substances. They also contain more fiber, complex carbs, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients than their processed counterparts.
Smaller portions really are better.
Even if you’re eating a healthy and wholesome meal, it’s still possible to overeat. Try using smaller plates, or setting aside leftovers before you start to eat.
When you take out fat, put flavor back in.
If you’re trying to cut back on the amount of fat to lighten up a dish, make sure to replace that flavor with things like citrus, herbs and spices. If you don’t replace the flavor from fat, your meal will leave you unsatisfied – and that’s no way to live!