Eating is hard. No, not the physical act of eating, but knowing what to eat and how much, especially when you are on a mission towards having a better shape and health.
As a former professional athlete and a personal trainer, I spent years researching and testing various meal plans and power foods combos. Now, you can benefit from my experience as well as that of my colleagues. Here are the top ten healthy food tips from Right Path Fitness team.
1. Eat Lots of Plants
Michael Pollan said it best in his book, ‘How to Eat’. He advises, ‘Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.’. Mr. Pollan is correct. If your diet consists of a good variety of fruits, vegetables, and plant based proteins like beans and lentils, you are off to a good start.
2. Fats Are Good For You
It’s true. When taken from the right sources and eaten in moderation, fats are healthy. They provide energy. Your brain and organs need fat to function correctly. Some great sources of healthy fats include nuts, salmon, avocado, sardines, mackerel, olive oil, coconut oil, even butter..
3. Low Fat Gets an Unfairly Bad Rap
While all fats aren’t evil, a diet that is relatively low fat is nearly always beneficial. Fortunately there are plenty of low fat foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans that can balance with healthy fats to create a healthy diet.
4. You Should Switch to Green Tea in The Morning
A hot cup of unsweetened, green tea can really hit the spot in the morning. This drink zero kilocalories. It’s hydrating. It also provides a slight caffeine boost. Even better, green tea is full of antioxidants. These can help prevent aging and lower your risk for many illnesses.
5. Sugar is Sugar
Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, sorghum, etc. ; be careful if you think you are gaining health benefits by swapping out traditional white sugar for any of these. They are still sugar. Substituting is okay, but focus on cutting down instead.
6. Don’t Drink Your Calories
Sweet or alcoholic drinks can be a refreshing treat. Unfortunately, they have more calories than people realize. It’s also too easy to overindulge. Stick with unsweetened coffee, tea, and mostly water.
7. Eggs Are a Nutritional Powerhouse
Eggs are filling, full of great nutrients including protein, relatively cheap, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. We’re all big fans of hard boiled eggs as snacks, eggs scrambled into stir fries, and a simple, veggie heavy omelet for dinner.
8. Leafy Greens Are Key
Spinach, Kale, Mustard Greens, and Rocket have all earned a spot on the preferred list of dieticians. It’s no wonder! These leafy greens are amazing sources of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
9. Greek Yogurt Belongs in Every Refrigerator
We cannot lie. We are obsessed with Greek yogurt. We eat it in the morning for a protein packed breakfast mixed with blueberries. Our curry-heads swear by some yogurt to put out the heat in their fiery late night meals.
10. Learn to Love The Lentil
The tiny, humble lentil packs a nutritious punch. It’s full of protein, fiber, and other great nutrients. Lentils are also super filling and really inexpensive. Try incorporating those in your meals!