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
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
If you know anything about Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, you know they have a pop of flavor and a great all-natural texture. From the sweeter profile of the peanut, almond, and seed butter, to the savory but sweet cashew butter, the spices cinnamon and cardamom lend themselves to liven up any dessert recipe.
Nut Butters Make A Healthy & Delicious Dessert Topping or Mix-In
If cinnamon is your thing, try adding a scoop of the peanut, almond, or seed butter to your icing, pudding, or ice cream. If you love to bake, most Danish pastries utilize the spice cardamom, so the cashew butter makes a delicious combination for a Danish, sweet roll, muffin, cake or cookie recipe. Because the butters are considered a fat, they can often be used to replace equal amounts of butter in a recipe.
You can also use nut or seed as a garnish. Use nut butters to dollop, drizzle or dip with your dish, or stuff one of your favorite flavors into the center of a cookie, fruit, or muffin. There are endless possibilities once you discover what your nut and seed butters can do when it comes to desserts!
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Everything in life has its balance. Just like in yoga, the word “hatha” means the balance of the sun and the moon. When it comes to balancing your plate, the word “food synergy” refers to the compliment of nutrients in different foods that work synergistically together to produce better health results. Why not eat combined foods in a way that will give you more “bang for your buck.” These foods will not only give you better nutritional results, but will help with digestion, keep you feeling fuller, and give you more energy because of the ease of digestion. Find your perfect pair below and learn how to balance your plate with foods that fuel!
Oatmeal & Apples
Take a lickin’ and keep the ticker tickin’- Heart Healthier Duo: Apples are a powerhouse of nutrients, and never peel the skin of the apple because there are five times the amount of polyphenols in the skin than the flesh of the apple. Oatmeal also packs a powerful punch with the beta-glucan, a soluble fiber, which attaches to cholesterol in the gut and helps escort it out of the body. Add a dollop of your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter to boost the protein and healthy fat and you will create the perfect combination to keep you full and satisfied for hours to come.
Protein & Sweet Potatoes
Immune boosting, infection fighting warriors: It is hard to find a vegetable that is as sweet tasting and healthy as the sweet potato. This powerhouse has not only beta carotene, but vitamin A. However, without zinc, which is found in protein foods such as seafood, poultry, pork, and beef, and nuts, the vitamin A will have a hard time metabolizing and absorbing throughout the body. So pair your sweet potato with a dollop of Betsy’s Best Almond Butter or whip 2 T in your next sweet potato casserole for a dynamic duo that will increase nutrient absorption.
Yogurt & Chia Seeds
Digestive fighting dynamic duo: Yogurt, a probiotic, lays the groundwork for good digestive fighting bacteria that are housed in your gut. They help balance the good and bad bacteria to keep you regular. However, these little bugs need to eat too, and they feed on prebiotics, specialized fibers found in foods like chia and flaxseed. If you eat the right balance of the pre and probiotics, you will create an environment in your gut that will restore the health in your belly and keep things moving, in a healthy way! Good thing Betsy’s Best products are loaded with chia seeds so swirl a scoop of your favorite Betsy’s Best into your yogurt for a sweet and probiotic balanced treat!