Updated: Mar 9
Everywhere you look today, there are articles and news stories about how people need to eat better and the importance of having a nutritionally sound diet.
Unfortunately, eating better is a good idea but sometimes can be hard to implement in our daily lives. Here are five ways that you can improve your diet without much impact on your daily lives.
Replace The Chips
Many people like to sit down in front of the TV with a bag or bowl of chips and snack while they watch their favorite show. Snacking is one of the fastest ways to add extra calories to your diet. If you’re snacking on foods that are low in nutrition but high in fat and salt were not doing your body any good.
You can always swap your chips for something like air popped popcorn, veggie chips, pita chips and plain old vegetables are celery and carrots.
Switch To Whole Grains
Most of us eat a lot of refined grains. In fact, before MyPlate was the recommended nutritional guideline from the government there was the food pyramid, where the staple of all dietary needs was grains.
The deceiving thing about our diet is that most of our grains are refined. The refinement process for grain takes out most of the nutrition.
The Mayo Clinic notes why it’s important to eat whole grains instead. Most of our B vitamins can be found in the husks of grains like rice, barley, and wheat. During refinement, these shells are taken off, and the grains lose most of their nutritional value.
So choose brown rice, brown bread, and cereals instead of the white varieties, and eat those in moderation as too many grains leads to weight gain and blood sugar spikes.
Fruits For Sweets
Sweets have become a large part of the American palate. This can create a problem when trying to cut calories, or get your recommended nutrients. The best way to curb a sweet tooth while getting excellent nutrition is to swap sweets for fruit.
The important thing when swapping your sweets for fruit is to make sure that you’re eating ripe fruit. Most of the grocery stores sell fruit that is under ripe and it can taste bland.
Make sure you buy your fruit with enough time to ripen. This will increase the sweetness and help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Most of the cooking we do in America has added fat. When you bake you add butter when you sauté you add oil when we cook we coat the pan with oil so food doesn’t stick.
When choosing oils and fats, it’s important to choose the right types of fat. For a long time, we were told that margarine was the best substitute for any fat. Most people use margarine in place of all fats. Margarine is a food made in a factory. This is why it is important to look at the nutrition label when selecting margarine versus butter, or olive oil.
The better fats tend to be the more natural fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and plant oils. Even grass fed butter is better than margarine, as it is all natural.
Olive oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in the unsaturated fats, which are good for your heart. Harvard health showed that olive oil was the best of the three oils; margarine, butter, olive oil.
Most people add sugar to their diet, whether they are topping their Cheerios with sugar, adding sugar to their cookies, or adding sugar to their beverages like tea and coffee, they eat way too much of it.
One of the easiest ways to cut calories is to swap sugar for sugar substitutes. The Mayo Clinic recommends sugar substitutes as a way to reduce calories.
All of the sugar substitutes available in the market in the United States have been added to the FDA’s list of generally regarded as safe (GRAS) list. Stevia is a natural sugar substitute that comes from the Stevia plant.
These five are easy ways to improve your diet without having to sacrifice flavor or cravings. Which one have you tried?