So where can you get healthy food recipes? First of all what is healthy foods? Foods without meat? No! Foods with low or no fat and without any excessive sugar or salt. You can eat meat, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to be healthy.
Let me show you the benefits of eating low fat meat. The brain in the human body uses approx. 60-70% of all the body’s available energy at any given time. The brain runs on proteins, like cars runs on gasoline. Meat contains lots of proteins, so it’s good to eat meat, but with any other food, you have to know your limits.
Here is a short list of unhealthy foods and healthy foods.
* Battered and deep fried foods
* Sugary sodas
* Processed lunch meats
* Greasy snack chips
* White bread and refined pasta
* Most canned spaghetti and ravioli
* Sugary breakfast cereals
* Frozen fried chicken, fish sticks and corn dogs
* Green and brightly colored vegetables
* Dark leafy greens and lettuce
* Fresh fruits and berries
* Lean turkey and chicken
* Nuts, dried fruits and healthy snacks
* Whole grain breads and pasta
* Healthy cooking oils like canola and olive oils
* Grass fed beef and bison
* Cold water oily ocean fish
* Low fat milk or soy beverages
* Nuts, seeds, and legumes
The closer a food is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Fresh fruits and berries are great and will satisfy a craving for sweets. Whole vegetables have lots of vitamins and minerals, so choose more green, orange and yellow vegetables. Steam them to retain the most nutritional value and be careful with sauces, they may be high in calories and fats that aren’t good for you.
Shop for lean meats and don’t forget the fish. The omega-3 essential fatty acids in ocean fish are often deficient in our diets, so serve seafood two or three times per week. Baked fish and chicken are healthier than fried, and lean meats like bison or venison are healthier than higher fat beef. Processed lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, and sausages have a lot of junk in them you don’t want in your body, but if you love these meats, find healthier versions sold at health food stores.
Stick to water as your main beverage and limit soft drinks. If you get tired of plain water, add a slice of lemon or lime to add a touch of flavor. For kids, try some fruit juice jazzed up with carbonated water. Some herbal and green teas may add great benefits to your health, but avoid too much caffeine.