Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feature: Eating Healthy Meals that Actually Taste Good

James from Blog Content Guild in Austin, TX sent me this article and I just love it. Its so simple to make meals more healthy for our families, especially our children, in times that call everyone "obese." Instilling good food habits at an early age give the future generation a head start to living in a healthy environment!
Eating Healthy Meals that Actually Taste Good

Many of us make plans to eat healthier, and many of us have trouble sticking to those plans. Commonly, we think that it wouldn’t be so hard to change our diets if healthy meals weren’t so flavorless. Our problem is that we have to break a habit: the habit of eating fatty foods that taste great.  Well, the good news is that healthier foods can actually taste pretty good, if they’re prepared with the right ingredients. Eating right doesn’t have to be painful. Here’s how you can do your body a favor without doing your taste buds an injustice:

Mix It Up

Eating a balanced diet means you eat more than just a couple kinds of food. Focus on variety. You need to make sure you get a good amount of vegetables, dairy, protein, fruits, and grains in your daily diet. You don’t have to dramatically change the way you eat, though. In many cases, you can just substitute ingredients. Let’s say, for instance, that you are craving steak and fries. This dish provides you with a ton of protein and starch but not much of anything else. To make it healthier and more balanced, you can eat half a steak instead of a whole one and eat green beans and pasta (of the whole grain variety) rather than fries. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can easily put a healthier spin on your favorite dishes.

Stock Your Fridge

Eat at home more frequently, and eat healthier. When you’re doing the cooking, you’re in control of ingredients. This means you can spare yourself empty calories and fattening additions to meals. Furthermore, you can make a concerted effort to cook with more whole grains and healthy veggies. If you aren’t a cooking expert, you can find thousands of easy recipes on the internet to help you. Try to prepare dishes you have never eaten before, and expose yourself to different kinds of food. You might just find healthy food options you really enjoy eating.

Eat Less and Still Get Full

If you eat too much in one sitting, you’re not alone. Many people do. And it’s often because we eat so fast. According to the expert writers of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people actually end up eating a lot more than they intend to if they eat at a rushed pace. You can slow down by placing your fork back on the table in between bites. You can also make an effort to chew bites of food for longer periods of time than you normally would. If you do slow down the way you eat, you will notice that you get full from smaller amounts of food. This is because you are giving your stomach some time to start digesting what you’re taking in.

Add variety to your staple meals, cook at home more frequently, and eat less. You’ll discover that eating healthy is as easy pie (with whole-wheat crust)!  

If you would like more information, contact James at james [at] blogcontentguild [dot] com

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