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Healthy Diet Foods

Healthy Diet Foods

It’s so easy to think about a healthy diet foods as something very boring and restrictive. But first of all, healthy foods aren’t necessarily boring. Second, eating healthy doesn’t mean cutting out everything you love or like. It is about adding healthy diet foods on an everyday basis:

  • If you don’t eat breakfast try to add breakfast to your diet. If you still don’t manage to get down a bite in the morning at least add a glass of juice. I’m surprised how many people who don’t seem to know the difference between juice and nectar (as it’s defined in Europe, at least): Juice is 100 percent fruit, no sugar or no water added. Nectar is made from some juice, but has water and often sugar added, too. I don’t need to tell you what to choose! The best thing of course is to press some oranges yourself or make other fruit juices in a blender, but juts for a start – keep it easy.
  • If you bring food for work add a piece of fruit. Or add some carrot, celery or cucumber sticks. Other healthy diet food that many try to avoid because of the calories are nuts. But nuts are great for minerals that many of us lack and also contains good oils.Choose unsalted nuts. Other things to add to your lunch box is a salad leave and some sliced tomato or sweet pepper on your sandwich. And don’t forget to drink a couple of glasses of water during work hours.
  • Add some extra salad for lunch or dinner. In the Stella L’Eclaire household we often put several salads or vegetable dishes on the dinner table. There might for instance be one salad with finely chopped salad leaves and spring onions, another simply consisting of boiled beet root with garlic and a third being black eye beans with chopped red onions. All sprinkled with olive oil and lemon.
  • Try to eat what’s in season, food that is locally produced now. Needless to say, tomatoes picked in the fields of the neighbor village yesterday have a much higher nutritious value (not to mention that they taste better!) than tomatoes picked in a foreign country God knows when and shipped in. What is grown where you live or close to where you live? What was picked or harvested only days ago?
  • Try to eat mainly organic foods. I know the prices of organic food can give anyone a shock, so start by adding one organic product at the time – and feel the difference! I recently bought organic tea for the first time and was delighted to finally get a tea that is really tasty. I usually buy these cheap teabags and put two in the mug, but even that isn’t enough. So in this case at least it won’t be much more expensive to only buy organic. It helps to know that the nutrition value of organic products is much higher than in fruits and vegetables that are not organic. Organic carrots might be three times as expensive as the non-organic, but you only need to eat about one third to get the same amount of vitamin A, K, C and potassium as in non-organic carrots – not to mention all the stuff you avoid feeding your body.
  • Add a meal made from scratch. If you’re used to buying ready meals or semi-ready meals it can seem like a huge step to start cooking healthy food from scratch. But again – start with something simple: Spaghetti with home made tomato sauce, for instance. Or boil some potatoes for a potato salad.
  • Add some chocolate! Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that protect against heart disease. Some dark chocolates are really bitter and taste horrible, but keep on trying different brands until you find one you like.
  • Add red wine. Red wine protect your heart. So don’t forget to add a glass or two of red wine to your daily diet!

Healthy Diet Foods