Your one healthy change this fall: Add new healthy foods to your diet
Fall is often a time for change; and the change in season can also mark the time to make a positive, healthy change in our lives. This fall aim to make one positive change in your lifestyle by making a healthy change to your diet.
With our busy schedules it’s sometimes hard to make healthy meals so we choose the easier, less healthy options such as chips, soda, fried and processed foods. Below are some suggestions for healthy foods that we can all benefit from by adding them to our diet:
Lentils are small, round plants that come in a variety of colours: green, red, yellow, black, and brown. When cooked or boiled without salt, lentils are a good source of protein and fibre and have low levels of cholesterol and fat. For people who have low iron levels, lentils can also provide minerals like iron to your diet. Try adding lentils to soups and enjoy them with whole grains such as brown bread.
Oatmeal is a whole grain. Whole grains are grain foods that have not been refined. This means that their kernels are complete and healthier. Eating a whole grain, like oatmeal, regularly has been shown to help prevent cancer. It is also good to know that there are different forms of oatmeal to choose from. For example, you may come across steel cut or rolled oats. Aside from different cooking times, all types have about the same fibre content and are a healthier option than buying flavoured oatmeal. Remember, any flavoured oatmeal contains added sugar. You can flavour your own oatmeal by adding your own fruits (i.e. blueberries and raspberries) or homemade jam as sweeteners.
In comparison to white rice, wild rice has more vitamins, minerals and protein. It can be cooked on its own or added to vegetables or stews. If there is no wild rice available and you have to choose between white and brown rice, brown rice is the healthier choice. The main difference between white and brown rice is that brown rice has higher fibre content.
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Evidence has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. They can easily be added to oatmeal, soups, smoothies, cooking sauces, and baking.
Barley is a whole grain, high in fiber and protein. It also provides vitamins and minerals, especially manganese. There are also different types of barley such as hulled or whole grain barley and pearl barley. Whole grain barley has higher fiber and nutrition than pearl barley.
You can try adding barley to soups to add a little bit more of a healthy touch.
These are only a few foods that can help keep you healthy. As the seasons change, think about making those positive changes in your life. Enjoy trying a new food and making it a regular part of your diet. Eating healthy is an excellent way to take care of your health.
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