Cooking 101: 5 Do’s for Better Nutrition

Include natural, low-fat proteins  in your daily meal plan

Include natural, low-fat proteins in your daily meal plan.

Better Nutrition? Yes, what you eat can make a big difference in how you feel, repair  cells, sleep, your energy level, fight disease and a host of other things going on in your body. Two thousand years ago a Greek physician taught his students to think of food as medicine for the body.  If this is true, what can you do to ensure you are getting the right kinds and quantity of food?

Here are 5 foods often found on most lists of nutritious foods. But first, keep in mind that some foods can interfere with medications so always see your doctor for special needs.

#1 Eat different types of protein during the week to be sure you are taking in different  amino acids needed for cell growth and repair.

#2 Eat a small daily serving of natural oils from plants and deep-water fish. Add a handful of chopped almonds, sliced avocado or olive oil dressing to your dark green salad. Fish oils are available as an inexpensive dietary supplement.

#3 Include disease-fighting leafy greens and green tea in your daily meal plan. Kale, Swiss Chard, and Romain lettuce are considered to be rich in anti-oxidants and fiber.

#4 Fill half  your plate with a colorful variety of vegetables and fruit. The fiber works to aid in digestion and the carbohydrates provide energy for your body and mind.

#5 Brown rice, whole wheat, steel-cut oats, corn and other whole grains provide your body with fiber and necessary carbohydrates.

Have you seen this list before? if not visit the USDA website for choosemyplate.gov for all the details.

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