10 Simple Ways to Boost Your Nutrition – Today
To kick off National Nutrition Month, we offer you 10 easy things you can start doing today to feel great, have more energy and stay healthy.
- Begin with Breakfast. A morning meal jumpstarts your metabolism, increases your energy levels, and can keep you from overeating later in the day. Some ideas: fruit, light string cheese and a whole grain Uncle Wally’s muffin, a low-fat granola bar and yogurt, or some high-fiber cereal with fruit and milk.
- Fill up on Fiber. Add more fiber – fruits, vegetables and whole grains – every chance you get. Your digestive system will run smoothly and you’ll get lots of important nutrients. Fiber-rich foods have been shown to help with weight loss and reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Try Fiber One Wraps and Fiber One Muffins for a great-tasting way to get up to 30 percent of your daily requirement.
- Prioritize Protein. Include some lean protein at every meal. It’s slow digesting, so it keeps you full longer, and it protects muscle mass and promotes fat burning. Foods that contain protein are meat, fish, chicken, nuts and nut butters, eggs, tofu and dairy products.
- Drink More Water. Drinking lots of water helps you avoid dehydration, which can cause fatigue and headaches. Water also helps flush waste products and toxins from your body, and keeps you from mistaking thirst for hunger.
- Treat Yourself. An occasional treat can actually make it easier to stick to a healthy eating plan the rest of the time – just remember to keep portion sizes under control. That’s just one reason we especially love Uncle Wally’s new Mini Muffins: decadent taste, smaller portions.
- Read Labels. Among the many benefits of examining food nutrition labeling: controlling calories and avoiding excess sodium and unhealthy fats.
- Make Salad a Meal. It’s a great way to get in lots of colorful vegetables (for their valuable fiber, nutrients and antioxidants), topped with some quality protein like chicken, shrimp, beans or tofu, and good fats like olive oil.
- Do Dairy. Your bones will thank you for getting several servings a day of milk, yogurt, low-fat cheese and other calcium-rich foods. Also, studies have shown low-fat dairy products may lower blood pressure.
- Take a Walk. Studies show the numerous health benefits of regular aerobic exercise may include appetite control and motivating people to make healthier food choices.
- Remember the Goal. Think about the reasons you want a healthier diet: to feel good, control your weight, have more energy, and reduce risk of cancer and other diseases. Make healthy changes gradually and stick with them until they become habits. Perfection isn’t the goal – every healthy choice you make count.