A Healthy Lifestyle Needs Variety
Eating healthfully not only makes you feel and look better but it also plays a large role in reducing the risk of many diseases. Just remember, it’s important to eat a variety of food groups in order to give your body all the healthy nutrients it needs.
6 Ways to Add Variety to Your Diet
1. Fruits and vegetables provide many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s important to eat a variety of different types and colors of fruits and veggies to help boost your immune system; choose fresh, frozen, canned or juice. Here are some examples …
2. Carbohydrates are great for energy. Breads, cereals, pasta and rice are all good examples. Try to make half of your daily servings of carbohydrates whole grains. Some great examples are …
- Brown rice
4. Fats are also very important in your diet. They provide essential fatty acids and help with vitamin absorption. Choose these …
- Monounsaturated fats like avocados, olive oil and peanut butter
- Polyunsaturated fats like soybean and sunflower oil
- Omega 3 fatty acids like tuna, flaxseed and tofu
5. Drink plenty of water. It will help keep you full in between meals and keeps you hydrated. Aim for 6-8 glasses per day.
6. Watch your portion sizes. Choose to fill up on fruits and vegetables while adding modest amounts of meats and starches.
Here’s a delicious recipe for a springtime brunch …
Ham & Veggie Frittata
- Preheat the broiler. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick, 12″ oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat. Add the roasted pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can smell the garlic. Be cared not to burn the garlic.
- Stir in the spinach and cook for another 2-3 minutes until lightly wilted.
- Add the ham then pour the egg substitute over the top. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Top with shredded cheese.
- Cook on the stove for 5 to 6 minutes until the egg has pretty much set.
- Place the pan 6″ under the broiler and cook for about 3 minutes, until the rest of the egg has fully set and the top of the frittata has begun to brown.
- Cool for a few minutes, remove from pan and cut into wedges.
Serve with whole grain English muffin and fresh fruit.
Health & Wellness Advisor