Healthy Diet Article
Healthy Diet Foods - Lights, Color, Texture and Actionby HealthyLivingTrends.com
Those who once ate poorly and now eat healthy knows that healthy diet foods are light in number of calories and good for your digestive system. They know that healthy diet foods make them feel lighter and healthier.
Healthier than who? Well, healthier than someone who just ate a five-ounce steak, garlic-butter bread, mashed potatoes, and cheesecake. This is an extreme example, but you get the idea. When you experience the lights, you go beyond the idea and really understand it. Welcome the lights into your life. Think of the lights as foods that are low in:
Of course, watch out for low-calorie, low-fat foods with mysterious ingredients and learn which fats are healthier. Also, remember that even with the good fats and items like beans, seeds, and nuts—portion control is essential to reign in the calories.
When you think of healthy diet foods, what do you see? You see rich colors. Not all healthy diet foods are rich in color but most of them are. Consider the vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and greens of healthy fruits and vegetables. Even whole grain cereals, breads, pastas, and rice look exciting next to their white-flour counterparts. Welcome the colors of healthy diet foods into your life and you will welcome multiple health benefits that are hard to get elsewhere.
Textures, especially when combined with color, make both our natural surroundings and our homes more interesting, stimulating, and satisfying. The same is true with our food. Someone who has been living on meat, potatoes, and pies most of their lives will not agree. This is understandable. It takes time to retrain senses that have become dull and complacent with habit. However, when you regularly experience the textures of healthy diet foods, you may discover that you like them. You also will discover that you are naturally introducing healthier foods into your diet. You may even begin to miss them when they are not around.
Texture isn't necessarily healthy, especially when you are talking about the crunch of high-fat chips and pork rinds. The texture in healthy diet foods is different. Think fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Going for the Gold
Perhaps you already eat lots of healthy diet foods. You eat lean meats, healthy oils, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. You are ahead of the game and ahead of most Americans—no doubt about that—but you might want to go for the gold. Some fruits and vegetables pack more nutritional punch than others do.
- Leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and collards are packed with vitamin K and carotenoids and offer substantial amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. Brussels sprouts and broccoli offer similar benefits.
- Deep-orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and butternut squash are also rich in carotenoids and offer fair amounts of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
All vegetables and fruits can be ranked for their nutritional content. However, for most people, it's much easier and just as wise to remember that all are generally good for you and you should eat as many as you can.
Bring healthy diet foods into your life. Go for the lights, the color, and the texture. Enjoy the variety and expect improved health.