Published by: Albert Gibosse – Blue Label Weekly Magazine | WEBSITE |Preparing healthy meals ensures that your diet is well-balanced toward achieving good health, and avoiding long-term disease and illness.
Although no single food alone can guarantee good health, eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and calcium is the best way to start. Set yourself up for success by following these guidelines for building a healthy plate, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Anatomy of a Healthy Plate
Healthy meals include plenty of whole fruits, which contain loads of antioxidants and healthful nutrients and fiber that make you feel full and provide other metabolic benefits, including more energy and increased weight loss. Approximately 2 cups of fruit each day are recommended for adults of all ages.
Tips To Get Enough Fruits
Snack on fruits by serving them at room temperature to enhance flavor.
Beside being low in calories and high in volume, vegetables contain dozens of important nutrients that can help you build your body’s immunity to health conditions like cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes – especially dark leafy greens, such as kale, spinach and broccoli, vegetables are best at keeping you feeling fuller longer. Thus, adults should consume approximately 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. .
Tips for Getting Enough Vegetables
Vegetables are best when thay are bought fresh and in season, which is when they are cheapest and most flavorful. If buying canned vegetables, purchase the ones with the reduced-sodium label are best.
Grains are divided into two subgroups: whole grains (contain the entire grain kernel) and refined grains (milled and enriched). In comparison to refined grains, whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamin B, antioxidants and trace minerals. Make sure at least half of your grain intake is whole grains, such as whole-wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal, whole cornmeal and brown rice.
Tips to Get Enough Whole Grains:
Get intothe habit of Snacking on ready-to-eat whole grain cereals, crackers and popcorn (with light butter and salt). Further, consume more whole grain products, like basmati rice, bulgur wheat, cornmeal, barley refined product( the word “whole” should be noted in the ingredients list )
Consume more lean proteins, such as boneless skinless chicken breast, fish, beans, peas and nuts, whenever possible to reduce fat, cholesterol and calorie intake, towards promoting healthy bone and muscle growth, as well as proper blood and hormone function.
How To Get Enough Protein?
Consuming of healthy seafood, such as salmon, trout and herring, at least twice a week. Eatings nuts( peanuts, almonds ) and shedding away all visible fat from meats and poultry during preparation, grilling, broiling or baking meat, poultry and fish instead of frying, provide rich lean protein.
Calcium-rich foods are an important part of any healthy diet as calcim promotes healthy bone growth and reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. Likewise, although dairy products ( milk, cheese, yogurt and beyond…. ) are the primary source of calcium, calcium-rich vegetables include Kale, collard Greens, broccoli, kelp, tofu, soy and soy products, spinach and soybeans.
Calcium-rich Food Items
Fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk, snacking on fresh fruits dipped into low-fat yogurt, eaing calcium-fortified foods including tofu, soy milk and soy yogurt
Developing healthy eating patterns requires a variety and moderation as well as long-term commitment to learning balance.
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