Good Carbs, Fats and Proteins |
Have you ever heard or thought carbs are the enemy? Not true! Healthy carbohydrates provide our bodies with a source of sustained slow burn sugars (meaning sustained energy) that keep our muscles and brain cells running at top speed. Good examples are oatmeal, corn tortillas, broccoli and strawberries.
Proteins, including meat, fish, eggs and some dairy, need to represent about a third of the calories on our plate during a meal. The amino acids found in this amazing food group pack a punch when it comes to building and supporting muscles, a healthy immune system and help to maintain stable blood sugar.
Healthy Fats like nuts, avocado and clear oils not only add flavor, but also provide critical vitamins for tissue repair as well as support a healthy nervous system. Perhaps one of the most under rated benefits of adding healthy fats and adequate protein to your balance is that it provides sustained satiety. In other words, protein and fats do an excellent job turning off hunger cues and leave you feeling fuller longer.
Try New Fruits and Vegetables
Enjoying a variety of foods helps us to ensure we get all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients we need for top performance. For example, adding mushrooms to your salad will add vitamin D. Like fruit? Add antioxidant rich berries to your morning oatmeal. Feeling spicy? Peppers are full of nutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Mix them into everything from eggs to salsas to stir-fries!
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Finding Calorie Balance
Whether eating out or cooking at home, the most important approach in food as fuel is calorie balance. To help you feel light on your feet and not sluggish or weighed down, pay close attention to your portions, and stop eating before you get full.
By using your own fist to measure portion of carbohydrate foods, your palm to measure size of your protein choice and your thumb to narrow in on how much is the right amount of added fats you will be on the right track for portions right for you.
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