Since next month is National Nutrition Month, here are some healthy eating tips to help protect your health.
Before going to the grocery store, plan out your meals for the week and the ingredients you will need for each meal. This way, you won’t be tempted to buy junk food. Also, don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach!
Outer ring technique
Try the outer ring technique when you are grocery shopping. This approach involves shopping in the outer perimeter of stores and avoiding the aisles since that’s usually where the unhealthy food options are located. The outer ring of a store is where the healthy foods are located!
Cooking at home
Try to cook at home every day to avoid going out. Avoid processed foods and cook with lots of vegetables and fruits. Choose brightly coloured vegetables like broccoli and carrots to add to your meals.
Make water your choice of drink and avoid sugary drinks and caffeinated products. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times – while working, driving, etc. – so that you’re not tempted to drink another beverage.
Eat smaller meals and healthy snacks more often. When you eat less with more time spread out between each meal, you’re more likely to choose unhealthy food options.
Bake or roast
Baking or roasting your vegetables, fish, and meat is much healthier than frying or grilling them.
If you’re craving a healthy snack that isn’t fruit, opt for popcorn! Make your own popcorn at home instead of buying premade popcorn with a lot of fat, sugar, and salt.
Instead of cooking with vegetable oils, use healthier alternatives like olive or coconut oils.
Keep healthy foods readily available
Sometimes when you’re really hungry for a small snack, it might be easy to reach for a bag of chips or some chocolate. But, if you keep a bowl of fruits on your dining table or a jar of nuts on your counter, you will be more likely to eat these snacks instead.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep a healthy diet, but simply taking the small steps listed above can make a huge difference.