Getting Your Nutrition from Real Food is a Good Habit for Life Real or natural food can be a confusing term for anyone. Specific food items are natural if they don’t contain added color, synthetic substances or artificial flavors. Some food items have the term, ‘natural’ written on their pack. The fact is that even…
Flush the Fat with Smart Food Choices
Food is fuel for the human body. A lot of people munch snacks when they are nervous, sad or too happy. Food can be comforting but if you make wrong food choices, it can cause health issues for sure. Here are some ways that can help you to avoid gaining those extra pounds even after months of emotional eating.
1. Pick only healthy food items at the superstore
Superstores are chock-full of oversized packs of chocolates, chips and items having artificial sweeteners. It is important to choose food items that have no trans-fats. Draw four boxes for Protein, Fats, Vitamins and Carbohydrates on a paper. Tick each one of them once you pick healthy food items having all of them. For instance you can tick all the boxes once you put leafy vegetables, breads, lean meat and fresh fruits in your shopping basket. The trick behind filling your refrigerator up with only healthy food is keeping unhealthy food out of sight. Once it is out of sight, it is out of mind too.
2. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruits and nuts
Canned juices and aerated drinks have hidden sweeteners. So, it is the best bet to go for fresh fruits. There are a lot of cakes, brownies and sweet cookies available out there. You can easily avoid all these sweet things with the help of fresh juices, fruit and nut salads etc. Nuts comprise of fiber, protein, healthy fats, antioxidants etc. You can sometimes bake a few batches of nut cookies at home to pamper your sweet tooth.
3. Replace sugar with honey
100 grams of sugar has 387 calories whereas 100 grams of honey has 304 calories. Honey is healthier than sugar not just because it has lesser calories but it is also better because it has vitamin B6. It also has some other vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Honey has medicinal properties as well. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can soothe throat pain and cough. Honey is very beneficial especially for people with chronic sinus infections. On the other hand, sugar doesn’t have all these properties. You can use honey as a sweetener in milk and tea. You can also use it as a salad dressing. Honey is really a boon for people who love sweets.
4. Include oatmeal in your diet
Oatmeal is a boon for people who want to lose some extra pounds. It is great for breakfast. You can prepare different dishes using oatmeal. You can have it in the form of porridge or you can prepare oatmeal flatbread. Oatmeal keeps you full for a longer time period comparatively to some other breakfast items. It is a low calorie food item that has high amount of fiber and protein in it. Research shows that oatmeal can stabilize blood sugar and reduce the possibility of Type 2 Diabetes. It flushes out the bad cholesterol out of your body. Oats are very beneficial for people who are gluten sensitive. Oatmeal is gluten free.