Put a Smile on Your Face With Healthier Food
By Donna Stark
Whether you want to lose a few of those extra pounds or are simply trying to consume more nutrition, extreme changes to your daily diet could leave you feeling unsatisfied, unhappy, and hungrier than ever before. And nobody wants to deal with feelings like that, right? Consuming a nutritious diet shouldn't bring more frowns than grins to your days, but if it does, don't worry! Here are some tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that will encourage you to stay committed to your goals and keep you looking forward to all the positive changes the future holds for you.
Bulk Up Your Meals
Make your meals more filling by bulking them up with loads of vegetables! In addition to all the extra vitamins, fiber, and minerals your body will receive by doing so, you can also count on more flavor and texture. Take a look at a few suggestions below.
- Fill at least half of your plate with vegetables
- Add some chopped carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and tomatoes to your spaghetti sauce
- Sneak some cauliflower rice into your sloppy joes or taco meat
- Toss some diced sweet potato into your chili
- Include a side salad with every meal
It's always good to have a lot of color on your plate and the more color you have, the better, so eat the rainbow! But while you are doing that, keep in mind that you only want color from fruits and vegetables, so put down those neon-colored chips. Fill up on produce like those dark greens, vibrant oranges, deep reds, and tantalizing purples instead because the properties that bring you all that color help your body fight illness and disease!
Add Healthy Fats and Protein
Healthy fats and lean proteins aren't only good (and necessary) for the body, they will also keep you feeling full for longer! Healthy fats, like avocado and salmon, can reduce your risk of serious health conditions, and lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, and tofu are great for your muscles. Eat them on their own or top your favorite salads with them. No matter how you decide to use them, you can always count on their health benefits to come your way!
Enjoying Your New Diet
Ensuring a pleasurable connection with the foods you eat will help you stay committed to your new diet, so give the tips above a chance and see where they take you. And who knows? With more flavor, texture, and color added to your meals, you may end up with a smile permanently plastered to your face!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.