Healthier Food Choices

In a world where “everything goes", it's very important to discipline yourself and make good lifestyle choices. This goes for our food intake as well. A lot of things we consume actually does more harm than good to our bodies and that's why I've decided to state some healthy alternatives for junk food. Enjoy 😊

After every new year and Christmas celebration, I know we would have gained weight or, should I say, extra calories. We add to our coleslaw from the fried meats to the soft drinks and even the mayo. We’ve added ‘body.’ We all know too much of everything is not good, and in this case, calories. The effects are numerous;

• From cardiovascular diseases to diabetes, cancer, obesity, atherosclerosis ( a condition in which the blood vessels have been clogged or hardened by fatty deposits, usually cholesterol), and so many other diseases. We all know there was a time when most all these diseases were common among the elderly, but nowadays, it’s rampant among teenagers and even children. The question is, why Of course, there are so many reasons, but one major one is our eating habits.

And that’s why I’ve decided to talk about healthier food options. So, without much ado, let’s get to it:

  1. Smoothies, milkshakes, and homemade juices instead of sodas and soft drinks: without the added sugar, of course. Smoothies are both delicious and nutritious at the same time. You can use a variety of fruits and even learn some recipes. You could add low-fat, nonfat, or Greek yogurt, skimmed milk, or non-dairy milk such as almond milk. Homemade juices are the best; they’re fresh, nutritious, and even better without a ton of sugar and preservatives.
  2. Grilling or roasting instead of frying: We don’t necessarily have to fry our meat or fish all the time. You know the oil adds more calories. Instead of frying, try grilling. It almost has the same effect, you know, in terms of taste and appearance. And the best part is that it gets rid of excess fat. How?? Because in the process of grilling, the fat comes out. It’s now like using the fat in the meat to fry it, killing two birds with one stone.
  3. Dried and ground dates or honey instead of sugar: try dates; they’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. As sweet as it is nutritious. Honey also is very sweet with a ton of added benefits.
  4. Mashed avocados, light or non-fat mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise: do you know mayo is loaded with fat, calories, and salt? It contains no protein, fiber, vitamin A and C, iron, or calcium; just high in fat. Instead of using this, try mashed up avocados, as yummy as they’re nutritious.
  5. Greek yogurt or low-fat plain yogurt instead of yogurt with whole milk: when you come across recipes that call for yogurt, substitute it for greek yogurt. It may not be as sweet, but it’s healthier.
  6. Lean or extra-lean ground beef, ground chicken, or turkey instead of regular ground beef: chicken and turkey are examples of lean meat, meaning they have less fat. If you choose to go for beef, go for the part that’s not fatty. And like I say, homemade is the best; make your own ground meat, toss it in the freezer, and you’d be glad you did. It comes in handy for a lot of recipes such as; meatballs, meat pies, small chops, stews, sauces, and even pasta, etc.
  7. Turkey dogs instead of hot dogs: all things lean meat, people!
  8. Whole wheat flour instead of white flour: whole wheat flour is healthier because it involves grinding the entire wheat kernels into powder; meanwhile, the white flour removes the most nutritious parts, the bran and the germ. Whole wheat flour is a good source of protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.
  9. Brown rice instead of white rice: brown rice is a whole grain that contains the bran and the germ. These parts provide fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Most of these nutrients are not found in white rice as the bran and germ have been removed.
  10. Whole grain bread such as wheat instead of white bread: we’re talking whole grain. As you might have deduced from the previous points above, whole grains are processed with their bran and germ intact. I know whole grain bread, like wheat bread, may not be as sweet as white bread, but it’s a healthier option, and your health is more important. The benefits may or may not be immediate, but trust me, making these changes would greatly impact your life. And I know it's not easy to make such changes in your life, but trust me, you'd be glad you did. In conclusion, being healthy is more than a diet; it’s a lifestyle. Combine it with regular exercise and smart habits such as avoiding alcohol, smoking, using hard drugs, and watching your body glow, inside and out, literally.

Thanks for reading 😊

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