Food is your body’s fuel and in order for the body to function properly, the fuel needs to correspond to its needs. Thus, all of us should focus on creating a balanced diet and preparing healthy meals on a daily basis. This can be tough in the beginning, because you will need to reorganize your meals, groceries and routines, but it is not impossible.
A healthy balanced diet is important because it preserves our bodies in the top-notch condition, provides the essential nutrients and affects our mood, sleeping routine and metabolism. Also, a balanced diet includes five smaller meals a day which will eliminate hunger and prevent you from overeating, thus maintaining a proper function of your body. In order to get you started, here are several essential ingredients you will need to start consuming and preparing for your healthy diet.
All of your main meals should contain about 60% of carbohydrates. They are the main calorie components of your diet and can help you maintain optimal energy levels and requirements on a daily basis. However, you should refrain from consuming too many carbohydrates because too many of them leads to weight gain and spiked levels of sugar in your blood. The best option is to stick to “good” carbohydrates which can be found in grains, bread, rice, some sweets and food that contains sugar.
Your meals should also be rich in protein. They are essential because they help the body develop and grow adequately and can protect you from various infections. In order to incorporate more proteins into your diet, you should turn to foods such as dairy products, eggs, fish, hazelnuts, walnuts and lean meat. Also, some beans and other types of vegetarian food contain the necessary proteins. Many of protein-rich ingredients can be mixed together into a healthy recipe and prepared on the stove or in your commercial oven. The end result will be a healthy meal, prepared in your favorite way and rich in all the necessary nutrients.
Even though many people try to stay away from them, fats are actually an important part of a healthy meal. Our bodies use those fats in many different ways; for example, the membranes of the cells in our bodies are made of fats, fats can keep us warm because they make a layer under our skin and they can provide us with the necessary energy for the day. However, you should be careful with the amount of fats you are consuming and remember to stay away from trans fats and processed foods. These unwelcome fats can increase the levels of LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ one) and lower the HLD (‘good’) one. The best source of good fats for your meals includes unprocessed oils, such as the extra virgin olive oil.
Fruits and veggies
Half of each meal should contain vegetables or fruits. Fruits and veggies are important because they are rich in various vitamins, fiber, water and they are low in fats and calories. If you plan your meals around fruits and vegetables, you are bound to create a nutritious meal that is low in calories but extremely beneficial for your body. Moreover, many fruits and vegetables are a good source of necessary minerals and antioxidants which can preserve your body in many different ways, including prevention of cancer and cellular repair. So, in order for each of your meals to be healthy, you should focus on incorporating green leafy vegetables that are high in iron and folic acid, yellow and orange fruits rich in potassium and vitamin C, as well as many other colors of fruits and veggies. The more colors you incorporate in each meal, the more optimal levels of minerals and vitamins in your body will be.
Healthy meals are a part of a healthy diet which is a part of a healthy body and mind. So, if you want to achieve all this, you should focus on incorporating these essential nutrients in your every meal. All of them are easily prepared in various different ways and you can even eat some of them raw. However, don’t forget to also get the daily dose of exercising and your body will be completely healthy.