Preparing healthy meals is not always easy due to busy schedules or poor habits. Finding a way to eat well while still eating what you like is the trick. Upgrading meals doesn't have to be complicated or consist of foods that are not to your taste. An upgrade can be as simple as making smarter choices when shopping for groceries or changing up how those same groceries are prepared.
Local produce and grocery items are fresher than products shipped in from far off places. Produce from a local farm doesn't have to sit in a hot truck for hours or days before making it to your supermarket. In addition, buying local products keeps your money within your community, helping your local economy and supporting farmers.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is considered a good fat that is actually healthy for your heart, but lacks powerful flavours. That is why there are flavoured oils that are infused with garlic, lemon, basil, and many other flavourings. The flavoured oils can be expensive, but there is a way around that. You can make your own flavoured oil. Simply add a desired herb or flavouring to an existing bottle and allow it to steep. This appeases the craving for the flavour you are seeking and saves you money!
Organic products have gained popularity in recent years, but the best organic product to spend your money on is produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables that have been grown organically were farmed without chemicals, making them the much healthier choice. It's also possible to get a two-for-one deal if you have a local farmer who grows organic produce.
Pre-packaged food is convenient and usually cheaper, but it can also be boring and unhealthy. There are many ways around these problems if you have a bit of imagination and keep your pantry stocked with healthy foods. Packaged pasta meals like Ramen or macaroni and cheese are perfect bases on which to build a healthy meal. Simply toss out the powdered flavouring that comes with the pasta and make your own version of Ramen. You can add fresh veg, a simple butter or oil sauce, grilled chicken, or meatballs. Top the meal with a garnish or crushed nuts, sliced spring onions, or freshly grated cheese and the Ramen is unrecognizable as the dehydrated brick it once was.
Making the conscious decision to buy only skinless chicken can save you many calories and lessen your fat intake considerably. It is also a healthier choice than the dark meat provided in thighs and legs.
In order to accommodate demand for meat, animals are often fed hormones and diets that force them to gain weight. Those hormones wind up in the meat that is sold on the market. To avoid eating meat that was produced using artificial means, the best route is to buy salmon that has been caught in the wild and beef that is labelled as grass fed. The difference is that these animals are not given chemicals or hormones to make them grow, and their diets are conducive to health, not a simple means to keep them alive.
Almost every starch from rice to bread has a whole-wheat counterpart. White rice or white bread has no health benefits to speak of, but whole wheat options are full of grains and fibre that can add a healthful element to whatever meal is being complemented with these products.