5 ways to add more nutrition to your diet
Eat more plant-based foods.You don't need to eliminate animal products from your diet to be healthy, but the Indian Dietary Guidelines suggest eating a variety of foods to ensure a balanced diet, and eating plenty of plant-based foods like vegetables and fruits . Incorporating plant-based foods into meals is an easy way to add essential nutrients and vitamins to your diet! This includes eating walnuts, increasing your intake of omega-3 ALA (2.5 g per 28 g). Toss vegetables and nuts in your sandwiches, poha, upma, parathas, chutneys, sauces, and gravies, or swap half the meat on plates with beans or nuts for a healthy change.
Drink more water
Drinking at least eight glasses a day can help control your cravings and avoid mistaking thirst for hunger. Not to mention, staying hydrated is important, especially for those who are active.
Make your snacks count
Don't count your snacks - make your snacks count. Almost everyone eats snacks daily, and many do so to satisfy cravings, but most do not meet nutritional needs. Make sure your snacks offer a combination of protein, fiber, and good fats. A handful of seasoned walnuts to your liking is an excellent snack that can hold you until your next meal. This is a great way to satisfy the craving for sweet or savory with a satisfying crunch! You can even do a simple trail mix.
Make mealtime an occasion
Spending long periods of time at home can now offer you the chance to enjoy regular meals with your family. But don't stop to enjoy these simple pleasures when you move quickly through life. Things like sitting down to eat can be good for you, both mentally and physically, as it encourages you to eat more slowly, allowing your body to process and digest food more properly. The physical benefits aside, this can also provide the mental benefit of taking a break and disconnecting from what's going on around you, while enjoying a meal and time with loved ones.
Understanding nutritional labels
While eating whole and unprocessed foods as often as possible is great, it's not always realistic. Always pay attention to ingredient lists on packaged products, and look for things like saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. To avoid being in the situation of not knowing what to make and making bad decisions, plan ahead for your meal by preparing your own snacks to match your diet and nutrition goals.
Not only is there a simple way to raise your nutrition levels for a healthy life, but there are many steps you can take to work toward a more nutritious lifestyle. Setting a goal of what you want to achieve and prioritizing a nutritious diet as a way of life are great ways to start!
Contributions by Nmami Agarwal, Celebrity Nutritionist