At Vista Health and Wellness we are celebrating National Nutrition Month. With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to focus on renewing your commitment to healthier eating.
Don’t make healthy eating more complicated than it has to be. Making healthy food choices can be narrowed down to just three steps.
Make a variety of choices from healthy food groups. Eating a wide selection of foods from the food groups helps your body get the nutrients it needs. Think of a painter’s palate with lots of color – the more color in your foods, the healthier your plate is!
- Add dark green vegetables like leafy greens and broccoli to your diet as well as orange options like carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Don’t rely solely on meats to meet your protein intake. Fish, beans and peas are delicious and nutritious alternatives.
- Be sure to eat whole-grain options when it comes to selecting breads, cereals, pasta or rice.
Think of foods in terms of nutrients, not good vs. bad. You make your calories count when your food choices are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients you need every day. Foods and beverages that are low in nutrients but high in calories don’t help your body function properly, leave you feeling less energized while filling you up with empty calories.
Be up to date on fat facts. Choose foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Look for foods low in saturated fats and trans fats to lower your risk of heart disease. Nutrition fact panels on products can help you identify the food’s type of fat and content.
Schedule an appointment with one of our staff members to talk about how your food choices may be impacting your quality of life. We are happy to answer any questions and make suggestions to best fit your nutrition goals and health needs.