Being careful about the food you eat is an important step towards living a healthier lifestyle. We’re often drawn by shiny and colorful packaging and we end up buying products that are not good for our health.
Remember to read the label
Let’s say you’re looking to buy some cereals, as part of your nutritious breakfast. The package might say “No artificial ingredients”, but what does that even mean? Always remember to read the label and look for cereals that have at least 5 grams of fibers per serving and less than 12 grams of sugar. Go for cereals that contain dry fruits and try not to exceed the daily recommended dosage of sodium. When it comes to bread, go for a type of bread that has less than 100 calories per slice, less than 150 milligrams of sodium and at least 3 grams of fibers per slice. If you like energy bars, go for the ones that have less than 200 calories and the lowest amount of sugar.
Avoiding processed foods
This is a very difficult task to accomplish, especially when you have a tiring job or kids to look after and not enough time to cook healthy meals. If you can’t give up processed foods, just make sure the ones you buy contain enough proteins to cover your daily needs – at least 10 grams of proteins per serving. Choose foods that contain the lowest amount of sodium and remember to prepare a fresh salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and olive oil) to accompany your meal.
Frozen vegetables and fruits – a viable option?
It’s highly recommended that you include fresh vegetables and fruits in your daily diet to ensure that your body gets enough vitamins. However, if for some reason you can’t get fresh vegetables you can go for frozen ones, just make sure they don’t contain any added sauce. Try to especially avoid any sauces containing cheese or cream, if you feel like your vegetable salad is missing something, simply add a little bit of Parmesan.