We’re going to do things a little differently with this list. We understand that lists can be super specific, which can be discouraging to beginner fitness junkies. We’re going to list five different steps that you can take to improve your diet, minus the mundane exercise of having to walk around your local supermarket with a list of obscure ingredients.
1. Swap your bread
White bread is a treat I’m sure we all love to indulge in. In comparison to other breads, white bread has little nutritional value, as it loses much of its protein and fiber in the refining process. Breads that use whole flour such as whole grain, multigrain and rye bread contain all the wholesome nutrients our bodies need.
2. Enjoy lean protein
The benefit of incorporating a lean protein diet is huge. When implemented, it can enhance your energy levels, help with weight loss, build muscle and improve heart health. Meats such as steaks and pork are high in protein, but are often saturated with fats. Some great non-meat lean protein alternatives include beans, lentils, tofu, low-fat yoghurt, kale, spinach, broccoli and mushrooms. As for meat alternatives, turkey and skinless chicken is a popular choice. Fish with white flesh is another great source of lean protein, species include snapper, haddock, cod and much more.
3. Eat colour
A really simply and easy approach to making the adjustment to your lifestyle habits is to eat colour. Now when I say this, I’m talking about fruit and vegetables. Using the example of vegetables, you could do a mixture of cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, olives, capsicum, red onion, chilli and spring onion. Eating colour can be fun!
4. Use healthy oils
Oils that come from meats and dairy products are called saturated oils, and these are very fatty. A couple of examples are canola oil and sunflower oil. Healthy oils are the monounsaturated oils, and this includes olive, avocado and grapeseed oil.
5. Add seeds to yoghurt
Everyone loves yoghurt, but one easy tip to give your body that boost in vitamins and nutrients is to add some seeds. Some great seeds to add are chia seeds and flaxseeds.