If your fridge is filled with foods like bologna, American cheese, bacon and white bread, it's time you gave your fridge a makeover. Eliminating processed foods from your diet, and adding nutrient-rich whole foods with vitamins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates will greatly improve your overall health and help you maintain a healthy heart and keep you at a healthy weight too. Eating whole foods is the best way to prevent heart disease, diabetes, high-cholesterol, high-blood pressure and other health problems. Perhaps it might be a bit rash to throw all your food away at this point, but over time you can add more healthy items and have a refrigerator to feed you and your whole family. Here are some excellent whole foods you should be adding to your diet right away! However, remember to talk to your doctor before any dramatic diet changes.
Vitamin supplements are a poor substitute for nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables that provide plenty all the vitamins the body needs. Whole food vegetables like, lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli and green beans are incredibly beneficial to your health, providing fiber and vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C. Fruits also provide vital vitamins and fiber, and are especially sweet and delicious. They are great alternatives to sweet desserts with little nutritional value. Vegetables can be enjoyed at any time of day. They make for great snacks and as side dishes with main courses for dinner. You can also combine vegetables to make a hearty salad. Fruits like berries and apples make excellent breakfast alternatives to donuts and sugary cereals. Keep some frozen fruits in the freezer, and you can make some smooth delicious smoothies on a hot summer day.
Whole grains are immensely superior to refined grains. Refined grains with simple carbohydrates are not nearly as healthy as complex carbohydrates in whole grains. Whole grains are also rich in fiber and protein, as well as iron and vitamin B6. Remember to pick up items from the grocery store that are 100% whole wheat or whole grain whenever possible. Foods made with whole grain might taste a little better to you, but they aren't as healthy and contain only small amounts of whole grain. For taco night, skip the corn and flour options and consider whole wheat tortillas.
Nuts and seeds provide plenty of nutrients and will help you keep full. You can eat them on their own, snacking on them during the day when you get hungry. You can also sprinkle them on salads or in your cereal for some added protein and calcium.
Instead of that sugary soda, sports drinks and energy drinks, there are much healthier refreshing alternative. Of course water is always preferable to any beverage, but if you are looking for something with a little more taste you still have plenty of options. Mineral water will add a little taste to your water and carbonated water will satisfy your need for bubbles. Skim milk, almond milk and soy milk can all be consumed by the glass or over your morning cereal (preferably whole grain). In place of that orange soda can, try some fresh orange juice. Drinking fresh fruit juice, not from concentrate, will satisfy your sweet craving, keep you refreshed and provide you with essential vitamins.