Balancing the diet at home: 5 quick steps to ensure that you and your family are eating healthy
Each meal is a building block in your eating style. So, make sure to include all food groups throughout the day. The key to a balanced and healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories! You have to balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
Here are 5 quick tips to ensure you and your family are eating healthy!
1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits
We all know that vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients that support good health. Target for at least five servings of vegetables a day ideally as raw, steamed, or stir-fried. Many of the most powerful phytonutrients are in broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leafy greens. So, choose the veggies with the boldest colours!
2. Include whole grains
Try to make at least half the grains you consume as ‘whole grains’. Look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label when you purchase. It is a fact that, whole grains provide more nutrients than refined grains. Time to make the right choice!
3. Don’t forget the dairy
Never forget the intake of dairy! Complete your meal with a cup of fat-free or low-fat milk. You’ll get the same amount of calcium as whole milk but fewer calories. If you don’t like milk, try soymilk or include low-fat yogurt in your meal/snack. Dairy makes your meal wholesome!
4. Add lean protein
Select lean protein foods like lean beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts, beans, and tofu. Try to make seafood the protein on your plate, twice a week. Try to include two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish. Oily fish contains omega-3 fats, which helps to prevent heart disease.
5. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way
We all love sweets! Don’t we? So, choose to indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish. Enjoy a fresh fruit salad or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top them with cinnamon. There you go! Celebrate your sweet tooth in a healthy way!
Follow these easy and quick tips and turn a new leaf!