As inhabitants of this modern world, we are constantly exposed to the harms of modern life. We may not intend to do so, but most of us lead unhealthy lives, being constant exposed to different types of pollution and processed food. However, we know that we can do something about it though. We can live a lot healthier, and eat healthier too. In this light, allow us to list down in this article, the secrets to healthy meals.
Contents of This Page
- 1 Live Healthy
- 2 Eat more fruits and vegetables
- 3 Choose lean protein [wwcAmzAffProducts asin=”B013RHT4TU”][/wwcAmzAffProducts]
- 4 Switch your dairy to fat-free or low-fat [wwcAmzAffProducts asin=”B00DDSCGFI”][/wwcAmzAffProducts]
- 5 Rely on seafood for healthy fat
- 6 Healthy Meal Planning
- 7 Plan your meals beforehand
- 8 You will save time in shopping
- 9 You will save money
- 10 You will always have something to eat
- 11 Eat healthier snacks
- 12 Healthy Meal Ideas
- 13 Easy Ten-Minute Recipe
- 14 Easy Ten-Minute Recipe
- 15 The Rainbow Quinoa Buddha Bowl
- 16 Your Very Own Buddha Bowl
- 17 Easy Dinner Salad
- 18 Easy Dinner Salad
- 19 Final Tips And Suggestions
- 20 Hydrate More
- 21 Read More
. Let us begin with this most complete secret. In order to eat healthy, one should live healthy too. When you already live healthier, you will naturally gravitate towards making healthier food decisions. We have found that people who live more soulfully, or those who have radically changed their lifestyles also shop smarter, opting for more organic products rather than processed ones. Keep in mind that once you decide to live healthy, the rest will just follow including eating healthier.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
. Do you still remember your mother constantly reminding you to eat your veggies? Yes, the lady’s right. A healthy human being should eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to go vegetarian or vegan all the way. You can start small by incorporating more greens to your meals. Nutritionists also say that it is advisable to make half of your plate all veggies and fruits. This is important to keep in mind when you are planning your quick healthy meals.
The reason why we always need to eat more fruits and vegetables is because they contain more vitamins and minerals as well. Some of them are even considered as super foods because of the overwhelming amount of positive substances that they have – along with the different illnesses that they can help cure. In fact, if you really plan your meals well, you will be able to remedy all of the ailments that you feel in your body. For instance, do you feel that your metabolism is not that good anymore? Then what you can do is incorporate more components in your diet that would help your body restore its healthy metabolic process.
Choose lean protein [wwcAmzAffProducts asin=”B013RHT4TU”][/wwcAmzAffProducts]
. Whenever you are choosing the protein that you are going to cook or eat, choose lean protein more and avoid those unwanted fat. Too much fat in the body may lead to certain illnesses like stroke, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. In order to avoid these complications, you may choose to eat leaner cuts of meat instead, or white meat like turkey breast or chicken breast.
You can experiment with your choice of protein as well. There are certainly a lot of vegetarian protein out there that has the same taste and texture as beef and pork, but certainly more organic and nutritious.
Switch your dairy to fat-free or low-fat [wwcAmzAffProducts asin=”B00DDSCGFI”][/wwcAmzAffProducts]
. We know that there are a lot of people who can’t live without dairy and milk products, and we are not saying that you should. Milk is a good source of calcium which we need in order to keep our bones healthy. When we were kids, we needed milk to grow healthy and h3, and now, as we age, we still need milk to keep it that way. We don’t want brittle bones – but we have a h3 tendency to have them as we age. We can keep that or prolong that from happening by drinking lots of milk though. But instead of choosing whole milk, why don’t you choose fat-free or low-fat instead? In this way, you still get the same amount of calcium you need, but less fat and unwanted calories.
Rely on seafood for healthy fat
. Yes, we have been mentioning in the entire article already to avoid fat, but let’s face it, our body still needs fat to function properly. Not having enough fat may cause problems as well. This is the reason why we are advising you to eat seafood, because fish contains healthy fat known as omega-3, and this type of fat keeps our hearts healthy.
Healthy Meal Planning
Now, it is time to move on to the second part of the article. This refers to healthy meal planning and food preparation.
Plan your meals beforehand
. Researches show that people tend to gravitate more towards fast food because they have nothing to eat when they want to. Hence, the solution for that is planning your meals ahead. Yes, it can be difficult at times to do this, but think about the benefits that you will get in meal planning:
You will save time in shopping
. There is no need for you to go through entire isles just thinking of what type of grocery to pick next because you already have a list prepared.
You will save money
. And once you already have this list, you would have lesser tendencies to just grab anything – therefore saving your budget as well.
You will always have something to eat
. Whenever you feel hungry, either at home or at work, you will always have something to grab from your fridge, or from your bag, because you are well-supplied with food. This is also the reason why we suggest that you include snacks in your meal planning too. This leads us to the next item.
Eat healthier snacks
. Just because you are living healthy, it doesn’t mean that you would deprive yourself of delicious snacking, right? However, instead of choosing chips, why don’t you choose dried fruits instead, or nuts? They are healthier options for your regular snacking, and they are more fulfilling and satisfying too. These are surely great quick healthy meals to nibble on.
Healthy Meal Ideas
Once you already have your grocery shopping done, with your pantry full of healthier ingredients, here are some easy healthy meals that you can prepare for you and your family. Our list would include easy ten-minute recipes, the super healthy Buddha bowls, and easy healthy dinner recipes.
Easy Ten-Minute Recipe
: The Breakfast Smoothie. This is probably one of the easiest and healthiest meal options that you can prepare. Just throw in your favorite fruits together in a blender. Don’t forget to add a green leafy vegetable in there as well so it’s much healthier. You can also add a scoop of your favorite protein powder so it’s more powerful. Blend. And drink! That’s it. It’s as simple as that. Another tip: if you are on-the-go, you can put this blended smoothie on a mason mug or bottle with cover so you can just drink it at work – or even on the way!
Easy Ten-Minute Recipe
: The Omelette. Here is another ten-minute recipe that you can make the next time that you are feeling hungry. We suggest that you separate the egg whites from the yolks beforehand so it’s a lot faster to make. Once you have your egg whites, coat your pan with olive oil and heat it. Once the oil is ready, put your egg whites along with fresh spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste and you have a healthy omelette. Another alternative to this recipe is instead of spinach, you can add sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
The Rainbow Quinoa Buddha Bowl
. This is a one-pot meal where you can just throw into one pot all the ingredients namely quinoa, carrots, purple cabbage (for some color), peas, and broccoli. For an additional kick, you can add avocadoes on top and garnish with your favorite savory sauce. Our reference for this recipe used adobo sauce, but we encourage you to explore on your own, to get that exact taste that you like. This leads us to the next idea.
Your Very Own Buddha Bowl
. Who needs these recipes when you can make your own? Like the smoothie, follow your heart, and incorporate the veggies that you really like. Here is the formula in making your own Buddha bowl: choose your greens. This would serve as your base. Next, throw in all the veggies that you like – there’s no limit! After that, you need to choose your protein. Remember the lean meat and veggie protein options we have mentioned above? You can use them here. You can also put grains, beans, even nuts! Finally, you can add the final touch, the dressing. With this, you can either make a homemade sauce, or just opt for the regular olive oil.
Easy Dinner Salad
: Chicken Breast With Brussels Sprouts. Still have some leftover chicken from last night’s dinner? Then no problem. Toss it in with strips of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, and parsley. Once done, you can drizzle olive oil and lemon juice all over your salad, add salt and pepper to taste and even sprinkle some hazelnuts for additional texture.
The lean meat will give you the protein that your body needs, while the broccoli and Brussels sprouts are rich in potassium that keeps your blood pressure low, which in turn helps to prevent hypertension.
Easy Dinner Salad
: Salmon With Grapefruit and Avocado. Now, here is a salad that is packed with healthy fats. Healthy fatty acids can be found in your salmon (remember what we have mentioned about fish and healthy fat?), while avocado contains healthy monounsaturated fats.
Finally, in order to remove the remaining harmful and unwanted fat in the body, you can throw in grapefruit which contains substances that promote fat-burning.
This salad is super easy to prepare. First you need to prepare the fish first. Rub some salt and pepper to taste on both sides before searing. Cook your fish until its golden on both sides. Now, on your bowl, throw in your arugula, grapefruit, and avocado. Top the dish with your seared salmon. Then finally, drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over everything. Add salt and pepper once again, to taste, and sprinkle some walnuts on top for additional texture.
Final Tips And Suggestions
Finally, here are our last few tips in order to give you a head start in your healthy eating journey.
. Drink lots of water. This would help your body breakdown the nutrients that it has just consumed. Also, choosing water would help lower your body’s blood sugar level preventing diabetes and other ailments in the future. After all, the body is made up of 60% water.
If you are really having a hard time meeting your water intake requirements, then here two tips. First you can time when you drink, or you could use a trigger. An example of a trigger would be, if you think that you stand up regularly at work, then make it a habit to drink a glass of water every time you leave your desk, then drink another glass once you have returned to your desk. Another tip would be to mark your water bottle. This goes hand in hand with the first tip. Mark some lines on your bottle along with the time when you need to drink. In this way, you can monitor your water intake and make sure that you are meeting your water requirements.
. Immerse yourself in reading more about eating and living healthy. There are a lot of resources and references around. Put it to good use. Bookmark blogs and websites owned by people who are practicing it already. Join groups and forums which will surround you with a community of people doing the same thing, sharing the same interests. In this way, you are always informed of new things that you can try, and you are always motivated to continue on this life-long quest in knowing that other people are doing it too. You can even make some friends along the way and together you can share ideas and recipes with each other.
Remember that you are doing this for the benefits that your body will be able to enjoy and not to just lose some weight. While eating healthy could also make you look beautiful and sexy, what’s more important is that you feel beautiful and sexy from the inside.