Eat your vegetables is what Momma used to say and turns out she was onto something.
Vegetables as part of a healthy eating plan fuels our bodies with nutrients it needs. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy eating plan also includes
1)Fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
2)Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
3)Foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
4)Staying within your daily calorie needs
A healthy eating plan that helps you control your weight includes a variety of foods. If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can ---
- Calcium rich foods- Such as cheese, yogurt, and milk
- Fresh, Frozen, or Canned Vegetables ― Try new things! You might find that you love grilled or steamed vegetables with an herb you haven’t tried like basil or rosemary. Frozen veggie bags give you the option of trying different ones not grown in your region When trying canned vegetables, look for vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream sauces. Commit to going to the produce department and trying a new vegetable each week.
Fresh, Frozen, or Canned Fruits ― Like mangos, pineapples, strawberries, etc. Spice up your eating with fruits that you’ve never tried. One caution about canned fruits is that they may contain added sugars or syrups. Be sure and choose canned varieties of fruit packed in water or in their own juice.
And guess what: You don't have to give up comfort foods completely. The key to living a healthy life is all about balance. Excess in any form is not good for the body. When you are craving those comfort goodies limit yourself to a ~once in awhile~ rendezvous with them.
Here are some general tips for eating comfort foods:
- Eat them less often
- Eat smaller amounts
- Try a lower calorie version of your favorite dish
Healthy eating and healthy living are easily attainable once you put steps in practice to follow. You can figure out how to incorporate any food into your healthy eating plan in a way that still helps you lose and maintain a healthy weight.