Every day there are thousands of women getting informed and seeking a balanced diet. A healthy and balanced diet translates into a balanced life, healthy body and overall well-being. But what exactly does a 'balanced diet' look like?
Let’s have a look at the meals you need to consider and the changes you need to make in order to achieve that balanced diet you are searching for:
First Step: Don’t skip breakfast
Give your metabolism a fresh start in the morning by including protein at breakfast. Opt for eggs, salmon, lean ham or dairy. Because we burn more calories digesting protein rather than carbs, by making your breakfast a protein one, you'll be revving up your metabolism. Also, because protein keeps you fuller for longer, you'll eat fewer calories the rest of the day.
So, make sure you do not skip breakfast. By skipping breakfast you’ll be setting your blood sugar off on a roller coaster, which means you'll end up choosing the wrong foods later in the day – and that’s something you need to avoid. Just keep in mind that breakfast makes an essential contribution towards your daily intake and it plays a key role in maintaining a healthy weight.
Step 2: Lunch with carb-rich foods
For lunch opt for a mix of lean protein and starchy carbs. Carb-rich foods supply energy and without them you're more likely to suffer that classic mid-afternoon slump. The key is to opt for carbs that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary 'white' foods and going for high fiber whole-grains which help you manage those afternoon munchies.
Your options could include an open rye-bread sandwich topped with salmon, chicken or low-fat dairy as well as plenty of salad.
Step 3: Fruits for mid-afternoon cravings
If you feel that sweet craving in the afternoon, make sure to satisfy that sweet craving and the need for energy with fruit. Another option to consider is consuming a handful of dried fruit combined with unsalted nuts or seeds; this will provide protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied until dinner time.
Step 4: Choose healthy fats for dinner
Don't curfew carbs - they're low in fat, fibre-rich and actually help you relax in the evening. Simply mix them with some healthy essential fats the ones you find in oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as nuts, seeds and their oils. Your body needs these healthy fats overnight for regeneration and repair, which is important for maintaining healthy skin and hair.
How do you achieve a healthy, balanced diet on daily basis? Please share with us in the comments section below.