Improve Your Food

Are you looking for ways to improve your food? If you're always on the lookout for ways to eat healthier and live a more productive life, then listen up:

Successful change comes down to the simple steps you take each day.

Here are five simple ways to improve your food:

  1. Eat regular yogurt and mix in your own fruit

    • Most fruit based or otherwise flavoured yogurts have added sugar

    • Compare the ingredients of plain yogurt with that of a flavoured yogurt the next time you’re in the grocery store – you’ll be surprised at how much more is added to the flavoured version

    • You can mix your own fresh fruit with plain yogurt in a blender – you’ll get the fibre and all the phytonutrients in a combination that your body can recognize and easily assimilate

  2. Use low fat milk instead of creamers or edible oil products in your morning java

    • Okay, it’s hard to give up your morning coffee but there are ways to make it healthier

    • Edible oil products and creamers add unwanted fat to your coffee, including trans fatty acids and saturated fatty acids – so switch to a healthier alternative

    • Low fat milk won’t be as rich tasting as your usual creamer, but after a while you’ll get used to it – this way you won’t have to give up the coffee, just trade out some of the bad stuff

  3. If you can’t get away from your morning muffin, stop purchasing commercial ones and make your own from scratch

    • Go on the internet or consult your favorite cookbook and bake up a batch on the weekend – at least you’ll know what’s in them

    • You’ll save on calories, fat, unwanted chemicals/preservatives, and trans fatty acids

  4. Eat the whole fruit instead of drinking juice

    • A whole piece of fruit is easily recognizable by the body, and has the right amount of fibre and nutrients in a combination that is easily assimilated

    • Commercial fruit juice is usually a blend of juices from concentrate, glucose, fructose, and other chemicals

    • Eating a whole orange has less calories than a cup of orange juice

    • If you can’t stay away from juice, reduce the quantity by mixing half and half with water

  5. When drinking, drink red wine instead of hard liquor

    • When you’re out at a social event and decide to have a drink, choose red wine over a mixed drink

    • One glass of red wine provides heart healthy benefits including flavonoids and a polyphenol called resveratrol

    • Flavonoids have antioxidant properties which help neutralize free radicals and also prevent plaque formation

    • Resveratrol, found in grape skins, helps the body produce more HDL cholesterol (the good kind)

    • Hard liquor mixed with soda or various mixers, on the other hand, provides empty calories and sugar, minus the heart healthy benefits found in red wine

    • Note: a mixed drink is higher in calories than a glass of red wine

That's all there is to it. Follow these simple steps to improve your food on a daily basis and your body will love you for it.

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