It's all about portion control, baby! I recently read in Women's Health magazine that by placing your meals on plates that contrast in color with the food you're eating, it reduces your risk of overeating. For instance, if you have salmon, carrots, and a sweet potato on an orange plate, you are more inclined to fill the plate with more food because it's harder to see how large your portions actually are. Whereas if you have those foods on a blue plate, it looks more satisfying and helps you eye out the quantity. It's also proven to boost your metabolism if you eat 5-6 small meals a day compared to 3 large meals, (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
From "juicing", to dietary supplements, to protein bars the choices are endless as to how you can improve your diet. Now, by dietary supplements I don't mean TrimSpa. I'm talking chia seeds, flax seeds, green tea, fish oil, etc. These are the dietary supplements that are made to strictly benefit you.
"Juicing" is another great way to for your body to gain nutrients in a delicious way. All you need are some of your favorite veggies, fruits, and a powerful flavor food such as a lemon or ginger, a juicer and you're set! I know personally, it's hard for me to eat the recommended amount of veggies, but now that I've learned of juicing, it's easy for me to get my servings of veggies in without the bland taste.
In addition, something so simple as switching from white rice to brown rice adds more nutrition to your meal. Also, substituting whole wheat flour versus all purpose helps give you that fiber our body craves.
Protein bars are another awesome addition to your diet, especially if you're physically active. Cliff, Kashi, and Luna are just a few brands that offer a substantial amount of nutrients with a great taste. As mentioned in previous posts, NoMeatAthlete.com offers a variety of healthy, vegan alternatives as well.
Make the switch. Eat right and you'll feel right.
Happy healthy eating everyone~