The Fastest Ways to Improve Your Diet

Reviewed: February 10, 2014
By eHealthIQ
The Fastest Ways to Improve Your Diet

f you haven’t been eating healthy and wish to improve your diet for better health, it’s never to late to start. There are many foods you an add to your diet right away to add extra nutrition to improve your overall health and well being.

The fastest way is to add more whole foods to your diet. Foods that are not processed are healthier for the body. The best way to start with whole foods is to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. When fresh is not available, frozen will do in a pinch. Typically, the darker the color means the more nutrient rich it is. Dark green, leafy vegetables are one of the best selections.

Eat fruits or vegetables raw or add to other dishes. Fruits and vegetables can be chopped up and added together for salads, with or without meat. Add chopped vegetables to your favorite soups for added nutrition. You can also add chopped up fruits and vegetables to ground beef dishes, such as burgers, meatloaf, and chili. Leafy green vegetables are barely noticeable when added to other foods, even when blended into smoothies.

Other quick additions to your diet include adding more water and more fish. Water helps flush toxins from the body and keeps the body hydrated and working more effectively. Use water to replace your current beverages at least a few times throughout the day to reduce excess calories and sugars, which also helps to benefit health. Add fish once a week or more for lean protein and healthy fats.

Some of the most nutritious foods that are easy to find include:

  • Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Oily fish, such as salmon and cod
  • Mushrooms
  • Fruits, such as blueberries, apples, and lemons
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Whole grains, such as oatmeal and quinoa
  • Low fat dairy products

Some quick fixes for a healthy diet may involve removing foods from your diet. When you add options, such as additional vegetables and fruits, you can remove some of your less healthy choices. Processed and convenience foods are often high in unhealthy ingredients such as saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugars. Eat at least one less processed meal or snack a day and replace with healthier options.

Soda is a big loser when it comes to your health. It is full of calories and sugars with no nutritional benefit to the body. Replace at least one cup of soda per day with water flavored with fresh lemon or lime. Diet soda does not fare much better, and the extra sweetness of artificial sweeteners can make you crave more sugary foods throughout the day.

 

 

 

Resources:

WHFoods; The World’s Healthiest Foods
http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

Real Simple; The 30 Healthiest Foods
http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/the-30-healthiest-foods-00000000051152/

Fitness; The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/the-10-healthiest-foods-on-the-planet/#page=1

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