Great Foods for a Healthy Diet

Are you following a healthy diet? While most people try to watch the amount of calories they consume, they fail to also watch fat levels, sodium intake and cholesterol levels. It is equally important to make sure that you are also monitoring the amount of these items in your foods. High fats, sodium and cholesterol can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.

Eating salads sounds like a healthy diet option, but adding bacon bits, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and creamy dressings only add unwanted calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat. Rather make a salad using fresh vegetables, mixed greens, unsalted sunflower seeds, raisins, lean cuts of chicken or turkey breast, and baked croutons.

Pastas and rice are healthy diet choices if consumed early in the day. They provide protein for the body. Instead of using canned sauces, use fresh whole tomatoes and stew them, to make your own sauce. You can add fresh garlic, thyme and other herbs and spices. Top your pasta or rice with your own homemade sauce. You can even back a boneless, skinless chicken breast and slice it up and put it on top for a complete healthy diet meal.

You should try to eat several small meals and snacks through the day instead of one or two large meals and snacks. The body can digest smaller portions eaten more often better than a large meal or snack. You should not eat or drink anything, other than water at least four hours before going to bed in the evening. You should not skip breakfast or lunch. An ideal schedule is to eat breakfast and then two hours later have a small healthy snack, like a banana. Lunch should be eaten two to three hours after your morning snack. You should eat an afternoon snack of unsalted nuts, low fat cottage cheese, or more fresh fruit. Then you should eat dinner about three hours after your afternoon snack. You can have an evening snack of fresh raw vegetables, pretzel sticks, low fat yogurt or more fresh fruit a few hours after dinner. You should not eat desserts right after your meals.

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