Fruits, Veggies & Whole Grains are Indispensable for a Healthy Life

Willing to improve your eating habits? The secret lies in not shedding off old habits but in building new ones that mirror the life that you wish for yourself and your family. Go for tasty food options which are healthy and nutritious, thereby helping you to focus on the new goals at hand for a healthier life. Given below are few tips for building healthy, delicious meals.

Fruits and vegetables are simply the best. Packed with nutrition and flavor, these are minimal on calories and fat. Making fruits and vegetables a part of any meal adds color, flavor and texture along with those vitamins, minerals and fiber essential for any individual to go through the day. Try any of these yummy options:

  • Add a new-to-you fruit or vegetable in a favorite recipe. Add broccoli in stir-fries or fennel in salad. Otherwise, try a new fruit or vegetable recipe. 
  • Build your own customized pizza with colorful vegetable toppings like broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchinis, all color bell peppers or other firm veggies. Roast them first to add more flavor to the dish. 
  • Puree berries, apples, peaches or pears for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, pancakes or French toast. 
  • Flip your dessert! Instead of serving shortbread with a spoonful of fruit over it, cut fresh  fruits and berries and serve them with a shortbread garnish on top. Otherwise, serve a huge bowl of fruits with a dollop of low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream on top of it. Choose between any low-fat yogurt options available.

Opt for whole grains instead of white or refined grains for a healthy diet that contains fiber to promote digestive health, vitamins, minerals and other healthy plant-based nutrients. Given below are few ideas to make whole grains an indispensable part of your meals:

  • Choose whole-grain pasta, and instead of white rice, use brown or wild rice. 
  • While making batter or dough, substitute half the flour with whole-wheat flour. 
  • Experiment with whole grains such as bulgur, kasha, quinoa or whole-grain couscous.

You have got about 10,000 taste buds. Put at least a few of them to use by experimenting new flavors and foods!