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Sean K. is a guest writer from The Blog Content Guild who writes on the subjects of healthy living, eating, and lifestyles.
Eating too many fatty foods can lead to heart complications and high blood pressure. We all know that it’s important to eat healthy, but does that mean sacrificing taste? Not necessarily. You can create healthy meals that satisfy your need for delicious food without making you feel guilty. There are several ways to help you eat healthier meals and still feel satisfied. Here are some of them:
A. Eat a Little Bit of Everything
It’s important to eat balanced meals that include a variety of nutrients. This means your meals should include items such as dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains and protein.
Let’s look at the typical meal of a hamburger and fries. This only provides you with starch, protein, and fat. There are a lot of other nutrients out there. Try swapping the hamburger for a grilled chicken sandwich, or swapping the fries for a side salad and fruit on the side. These changes can give you a meal that has a greater variety of nutrients, and that is much healthier.
B. Set Aside Some Time to Spend in the Kitchen
Cooking more is a simple and inexpensive way to help watch what you eat. Eating out can be expensive, especially with a family. Try and get in the habit of eating in a few nights a week. Also, you can try new recipes, incorporate spices, and use colorful vegetables to help keep meals interesting. A colorful meal also contains a variety of important nutrients. For example, yellow fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, whereas blue and purple fruits and vegetables include vitamin C, resveratrol, and fiber. Also, by cooking yourself, you can better monitor how much fat, sugar, and sodium goes into your meals.
C. Consider Serving Sizes
It’s essential to know correct portion sizes. A serving of meat is no more than three ounces, or the size of a standard deck of cards. If this method doesn’t work, you can also buy scales for weighing food to help you be more precise.
Another important thing to remember is that it’s okay to treat yourself, as long as you do so responsibly. If you don’t allow yourself any treats, it will make it a challenge to stick to your healthy eating plan. So instead, the next time you find yourself craving your favorite dessert, get it—just split it with a friend. You’ll still get to enjoy it, but only half of it, so you’ll consume fewer calories. Also pay attention to snacks. Mindless snacking can easily destroy eating plans. Instead of scarfing chips from a bowl, count them out on a plate so you’re aware of how many you’re eating. Also, try taking smaller bites of your food. This will most likely reduce the amount of food you take in.
Try out these tips in your life and see what works best for you. There are several ways to eat healthier and still love what you eat. Hopefully, these tips will help improve your life and your eating habits.