We all know that eating well offers long-term health benefits, such as reducing your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but it also delivers short-term benefits too. Making nutritious food choices can keep your energy level steady, bolster your immunity and even help you sleep better.
Here are some tips – small simple changes that can add up — but don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to overhaul your diet all at once:
Keep Almonds on Hand
Store almonds in the freezer to keep them fresh. Spice them up for an appetizer, toss them in a salad or eat a handful for a snack. Almonds offer a satisfying carbohydrate-protein combo, plus, they’ve been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
Read Labels When Shopping for Crackers
Pick crackers made with fiber-rich whole grains, and as few ingredients as possible and no hydrogenated oils (a source of heart-harming trans fats).
Replace Full-Fat Sour Cream
Instead of full-fat, use reduced-fat sour cream and nonfat plain yogurt. You’ll save calories and fat without sacrificing flavor.
Start Your Meal With Soup
Research suggests that starting dinner with a vegetable-based soup may help you to consume 20 percent fewer calories over the course of your meal. If you opt for canned soup, check the sodium content and go for the low salt option.
Use Stronger Cheeses
Use cheeses like extra-sharp cheddar—they give a bigger flavor impact so you can use less and cut saturated fat and calories.
Top Your Salad With Sardines
Per 3-ounce serving, you’ll get a whopping 1,950 mg of heart-healthy omega-3s—the most from any fish available.
Skip Canned Vegetables
Best is to choose fresh vegetables, or when looking for convenience, try frozen. Canned veggies usually have added sodium, while frozen vegetables don’t.
Opt for Brown Rice
Opt for brown rice over white rice whenever possible to add fiber to your diet. Per cup, brown rice has 3 more grams of fiber than white.
Serve Sandwiches Open-Face
You’ll save about 100 calories simply by ditching that top slice of bread.
Just by making these minor adjustments in your diet you will be able to see a big difference in your overall health.
Happy and Healthy Eating!
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