Monday, January 9, 2012

How to eat healthy, while keep it convenient!

In this fast-paced society we all find ourselves a part of, how can we eat simple and healthy foods while we are on the go?  Most people eat pre-made dishes or consume meals outside of the home several times a day!  Personally, it's hard work for me to pack lunches and snacks ahead of time and for most, it's impossible.  Check out some tips from M.D. Joanna Dolgoff in Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist? 
  • Steer clear of these terms: corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey and maple syrup (add sugar to our diet and little nutritional value)
  • Foods recommended include:
    • yogurt to aid in digestion
    • hummus and canned beans to add protein (drain beans first to reduce sodium!)
    • canned sauce adding adding antioxidants found inside tomatoes
    • frozen vegetables which retain all of their nutritional value when frozen at their peak (and could be cheaper than fresh!)
    • eggs to add Vitamin D and protein
You might have to get creative at first, but once you find how simple these solutions can be, try to build your diet around those healthy processed foods as a base when needed.  Pack snacks like nuts and figs ahead of time in baggies and grab one on your way out the door as you're headed to run errands.  That way you won't be tempted by that delicious looking slice of pizza at Famous Ray's!  

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