You all know that I strive to find you the best ways to lose weight and stay looking great. Most of the diets we’ve looked at suggest that you should eat more fruit and veg. Sounds like a really easy thing to do? There is no getting away from the fact that other foods are often quicker, easier, and more filling. And most of those convenience foods are unhealthy junk!
I’ve decided to go on a bit of a mission. I’m looking at different ways of getting the healthier options into your tummy to do you some good. Of course, there are many other food groups out there, and they are just as essential to a healthy diet. Lean meat is the best way to get protein. Dairy products are the best way to get calcium. But did you know that carbohydrates are also pretty essential?
Our brains need glucose to function properly. Our bodies need carbohydrates for energy. With this in mind, I’ve been looking at ways to pair our favorite carbs with fresh fruit and vegetables. Wholemeal bread is a good carbohydrate as it also contains lots of fiber. You can create lean chicken salad sandwiches for a great lunch. Add some fruit as a dessert.
Brown rice or whole wheat pasta are good carbohydrates too. Both can be used in lean chicken and vegetable dishes. Pasta bakes are especially tasty when packed full of different vegetables. You can use things like peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, onion, courgette and mushroom. You could wash it down with a juice or fruit blend. Healthy but smart options like this create great meals packed full of the nutrients you need.
It’s not just about reducing calories. Diets that are full of nutrients can help blast away the fat on our bodies too. Fruit and vegetables work to support good liver and kidney function. These organs help clear out the toxins and fatty compounds in our bodies. Filling up on fruit and vegetables may be hard to do, but it certainly is worth it.
Fruits are great to eat because they are sweet and provide us with energy from the natural sugars. They are quite versatile too. They can be eaten raw, baked in a pie, or blended into a juice or smoothie. Some are quite filling like bananas. Others are light for a quick nibble like strawberries.
Vegetables aren’t all quite so satisfying as fruits. But they can pack more punch in terms of nutrients. They also contain far fewer natural sugars so aren’t too sweet. Potatoes are highly nutritious and filling. They are lower in calories than carbohydrates like rice and pasta too. They can be baked, or you can boil them to prevent adding calories or fat to them.
I do feel better when I have eaten plenty of fruit and veg in a day, but I would feel empty if that is all I had in my diet. Frozen vegetables retain all their nutrients. And you don’t have to worry about them going off which is handy. Fruit is expensive, but because it is so versatile, it’s worth the extra spend. Enjoy fitting more fruit and veg into your day today.