What makes a satisfying, healthy, and filling meal? Eating healthy is one of the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle and each meal a complete nutritional brick. So the question is, what is in a healthy meal? What should I look for in a meal? And how does it become healthy?
To answer these questions, we need to look into detail the components that make a healthy meal.
Let's Start With Your Drink
An overlooked component of your meal is your drink. Lots of water and proper hydration goes a long way for a healthier body. Something loaded with lots of sugar should be avoided. You may want to add a glass of low fat or fat-free milk to round out a meal. You get the same nutrients like calcium, but with fewer calories.
Dedicate a majority of each meal for vegetables and fruits. 50% of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruits. They are full of nutrients but contain fewer calories. You get excellent nutritional value from these. Broaden your range of the produce as they add a lot of flavor and texture to each meal.
Fill the next quarter of the plate with whole grains. Try choosing whole grains against other starches as they usually contain more fiber and less sugar.
Lastly, round out the plate with some lean protein. Choose leaner cuts of beef, pork, or chicken. Widen your choices to eggs, turkey, beans, and tofu. All are also excellent sources of protein.
For dessert, choose lighter options that focus more on fruits. A nice fruit salad with some yogurt is a good option. If you are in the mood for something warm, bake an apple and top with cinnamon or poach a pear.
Some Additional Tips
Fat is part of a complete and healthy diet. However, it is the nutrient with the least amount needed. Because of this, avoid eating an extra amount of fats by lessening heavy sauces and gravies. Be conscious of how the food was cooked and try avoiding too much of fried food.
Try cooking more of your meals. It will ensure you can control what it put in your meal each time. Expose yourself and experiment with a wide variety of recipes to keep things fresh and exciting.
Eating healthy is not boring. It is wrong to think that you should limit yourself when eating healthy. A good variety, the proper portions, and a tasty recipe are all it takes to keep you going. Just like your health insurance, it should fit your lifestyle and keep you going. At Roper Insurance Services, we aim to make our client's life easier with policies that are tailored to their needs. You can get more information about our products and services by calling our agency at (828) 697-6709. Get your free quote today by CLICKING HERE.