Avoid Getting Bored of Healthy Foods That Taste Good

Avoid Getting Bored of Healthy Foods That Taste Good

As a registered Dietitian and foodie, I love healthy foods that taste good. I love eating, preparing, shopping and even looking at food. I often get questions about the best foods to eat and best diet plans to follow. The truth is there are some foods and diet plans that are better than others, but there is more to it than that. In order to make things simpler in my life and for all those who ask, I came up with 5 simple tips that I use in my life to keep my diet delicious and nutritious.

How To Make Sure Your Healthy Foods That Taste Good Don’t Get Boring

  1. Eat a Variety – Though it may sound like a broken record, eating a variety of foods – especially fruits and vegetables – keeps your taste buds and your body happy. Just as we get tired of listening to the same music or watching the same television show, healthy foods that initially taste good can get boring. Eating a variety of foods allows our bodies to reap the benefits of several different vitamins and minerals found in food.
  2. Practice Portion Control – Proper portions are something that many people struggle with, including myself. Sometimes the serving size found on nutrition labels is disregarded. A handy trick I like to do when in doubt is to pull out the measuring cups and spoons. After doing this frequently, you will be able to eyeball the proper portions, and the measuring cups and spoons can be returned to the drawer.
  3. Shop Smart – For me, going to the grocery store is an adventure. It is always my goal to see how colorful I can make my cart with fresh produce while limiting the number of packaged products. When I pick up a packaged product, I flip to the nutrition label and give it a thorough read. I strive to find items with the smallest ingredient list, minimal amounts of added sugar, sodium, saturated fat and absolutely no trans-fat. If it passes my inspection, it earns the privilege of getting into my cart.
  4. 4. Serve Up Some Seafood – The body thinks seafood is so yummy that it wants it to be in the tummy at least two times each week. The healthy omega-3 fats seafood has to offer in addition to several other nutrients is why the body needs seafood at least twice a week. An easy way to incorporate seafood is by swapping pork, beef or processed meat for salmon, shrimp or crab in foods like tacos, salads or sandwiches.
  5. 5. Choose Healthy Fats – Unsaturated fats and more specifically monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the body’s most beneficial fats. Keeping our heart healthy is their primary goal despite their delicious taste. Some of my favorite healthy fats are avocados, chia seeds, olive oil, nuts and dark chocolate. Nuts are my favorite because they are so NUTritious. Try topping salads with nuts, adding nuts to smoothies and desserts, eating nuts as a snack and of course eating nut butters, especially if they are gourmet..

So, as you can see, finding those healthy foods that taste good is only part of the solution.  If you stay limited to just a few types of food your body and taste buds will get bored.  You will start to crave less healthy foods.  In today’s world there is a huge variety of healthy, tasty products on the market.  From fruits and veggies, animal and plant-based proteins, to nut and seeds, with a little research at the grocery store your fridge and pantry can be well-stocked to keep you on a healthy and interesting meal plan.

Facts About Healthy Fats

Facts About Healthy Fats

Healthy fats…what?! Oftentimes these are two words that are never seen in the same sentence.

Fat is essential for the body as it supports several everyday functions. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to choose healthy fats. When we are looking at the nutrition label, we want to stay away from ALL trans fats. These are the enemy as they increase our bad cholesterol and lower our good cholesterol.

Bad fats increasing our risk for:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type II diabetes.

Saturated fats are closely related. Although there is conflicting evidence in which it is not known whether saturated fats are linked with heart disease and high cholesterol, it is recommended to limit these as much as possible.

Betsy’s Facts About Healthy Fats:

Now, let’s get to the good stuff; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats!

Monounsaturated Fats:

  • Nuts are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that are full of fiber, packed with protein, dense vitamin and mineral bits of magic. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters feature some of the most healthy nuts, and a spoonful or two will leave you satisfied and happily reaping all of the benefits.
  • Avocados are also a high, monounsaturated fatty food. Avocados are high in vitamin E, C, B6 and folate, high in fiber, high in antioxidants AND should be a high priority on your grocery list. You name it, you can add avocado to it: salads, pizza, soup, salsa, eggs, sandwiches and even smoothies.
  • Olive oil, safflower oil, and sesame oil are also high in monounsaturated fats and help to combat bad cholesterol and aim to keep healthy cells in the body.

Polyunsaturated Fats:

Polyunsaturated fats are another type of healthy fat typically found in plant and animal foods that aim to improve cholesterol levels in the body.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are especially healthy for the heart. It is recommended to consume fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout) at least two times per week due to their high omega-3 content.
  • Chia seeds, one of Betsy’s favorite ingredients, are also high in omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to helping improve cholesterol health, chia seeds provide iron, calcium, antioxidants, fiber and several other healthy benefits. And best of all, chia seeds can be added to anything…literally anything.
  • Other great sources of polyunsaturated fats include healthy oils (like sunflower or safflower oil used in all of Betsy’s butters), flaxseed and eggs.

So the MVP of the healthy fats goes to those Mono & Poly-unsaturated fats!  Hip hip hooray, eating healthy fats is good for you today!  So take a spoon and dig in and feel good knowing that each bite of Betsy’s Best is doing your body good!

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