6 Ways to Jump Start Your Healthy Diet

Why is it that eating healthy got a reputation of being difficult? Why does it seem time-consuming? Why is it difficult to go out with the girls or family and stay on track? Why does it have to be a pain in the but? If you really think about it, being healthy doesn’t have to be this way.  It doesn’t have to be portrayed in a negative light. Nutrition experts from Weight Watchers share their super-fast, incredibly easy ways to fill up on foods that are good for you.  PLUS it’s not difficult, or time consuming, and you can share these with friends and family!

  1. Get sneaky. That is, sneak fruits and vegetables — excellent sources of disease-fighting vitamins, fiber, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals — into the foods you already eat, advises Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, author of Stealth Health: How to Sneak Nutrition Painlessly into Your Diet. No-brainer ideas include: Top off your morning cereal or yogurt with blueberries, peaches and the like. Add finely chopped carrots, broccoli and kale to pasta sauces, meat loaf, soups and salads. (Hint: Buy them ready-cut at your supermarket.)
  2. Experiment with exotic fruits. Think papaya, mango, melon and fresh pineapple. “Tropical fruits are especially potent sources of antioxidants,” says Felicia Busch, RD, author ofNew Nutrition: From Antioxidants to Zucchini.
  3. Down some veggies. Another no-fuss way to eat more veggies? “Drink vegetable juice,” Busch suggests. Besides offering disease-fighting nutrients, “most vegetable juices are blends, so they provide more unique combinations of vegetables that you might not otherwise eat,” says Busch. A varied diet maximizes your body’s arsenal of health-promoting nutrients, she says.
  4. Milk those calcium moments. Choose calcium-fortified juice instead of the regular version — you’ll get as much calcium (300 milligrams) as you would in a glass of milk (bear in mind: milk has more nutrients, particularly vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium). Make oatmeal and other hot cereals with skim milk instead of water, and switch to skinny lattes (2/3 skim milk, 1/3 strong coffee) instead of regular coffee, suggests Tribole.
  5. Don’t bypass beans at the salad bar. They’re an underrated source of disease-fighting fiber, as well as a great source of iron, protein and folate, the last of which is especially important for women of child-bearing age, says Busch. Studies show that a diet high in fiber can even help keep your weight in check. Use canned, rinsed beans in salads, and incorporate them into soups, stews and sauces.
  6. Choose fish. “The average American eats fish about once a week,” says Busch. But two to three times a week is better — so why not grill some up, or make a fillet in minutes in your broiler pan? Little-known fact: Fish generally takes less time to cook than a boneless chicken breast. And fish, especially coldwater fish like salmon, is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid, the heart-healthy fat that helps lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. “Eating more fish may also reduce your cancer risk,” says Busch, “and even lower your blood pressure.”

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One response to “6 Ways to Jump Start Your Healthy Diet”

  1. nikos pantazopoulos says :

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