Although it is important for people with certain medical conditions to avoid particular foods, I like to shift the focus to foods that we should eat, not foods we shouldn’t. Here are some great foods to say “yes” to as we begin a new year.
• Healthy Fats – Gone are the days of the idea that “eating fat makes you fat.” Although foods high in fat do contain a higher concentration of calories, they contribute to feelings of fullness and satiety. Fat is also necessary for our bodies to absorb and use certain vitamins. By choosing moderate portions of healthy
unsaturated fats such as those found in olive and canola oil, avocados, fatty fish and nuts, you are not only contributing to feeling full, but also doing your heart a favor!
• Certain “Processed” Foods – The term “processed” is often thought of as a negative term when discussing food. It’s important to remember that as you cook, you are processing foods. We tend to get caught up in the word “processed” without realizing what it truly means. Processed food can be on a spectrum of minimally processed to heavily processed. Choose minimally processed foods like bagged spinach, cut vegetables and roasted nuts; they are simply pre-prepped for convenience. Also, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables and canned tuna are nutritious; just be sure to choose the varieties without added sugar, salt or sauces. Since these foods are already partially prepared with no work to be done on your end, you are more likely to eat them!
• Water – Nearly all major body systems require water to function properly. Water lubricates joints, carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells, and aids in digestion! Water doesn’t have to be boring. Try sparkling water or flavor your water with a squeeze of lemon or sprigs of mint. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and set a water goal for the day!
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