Puree up your favorite fruits, especially those that are over-ripe and about to be thrown away, and use these as sauces for pancakes; pour over chicken as a sweet and sour sauce; or use where some sweetness would be a nice touch. Remember not to add any extra sugar though. The fruit should provide all the sweetness you need.
If you're pregnant, make sure you limit the amount of caffeine you ingest. You shouldn't drink more than two cups of coffee a day while you're pregnant. Too much caffeine can lead to you either having a miscarriage or the baby being underweight when it's born, so it's important to limit the amount you take in.
Organic milk will actually keep longer than regular milk. You can store and use milk for five to seven days past its "expiration date," which is actually a pull date for the stores. Organic milk will last for even longer in your fridge than regular milk and it tastes better, too.
If you don't like the taste of some of the healthier options, give your body some time to change. If you stay motivated and dedicated, you will find that your taste changes fairly quickly. The idea of a greasy hamburger will start to become unappealing to you, and you will find yourself grabbing something healthier.
In order to help ensure you are getting enough nutrients in your body, consider eating a wide variety of foods. Vegetables are very important as they are an excellent source of so many essential vitamins and minerals the body needs. Meat can also be a great source of iron and protein and, consequently, can be a key component in a well-balanced diet.
Healthy individuals will eat a balanced diet and take their vitamins. Vitamins are an important part of a diet. Some vitamins specifically affect moods because they are precursors to certain neurotransmitters. Other vitamins, such as the B12 vitamin, have been proven to increase energy in a large enough dose. A body needs vitamins because it can't produce or consume the necessary compounds from regular food.
Learn to scrutinize the ingredients of foods labeled as "healthy", in order to discern what it is you're really putting in your body. For example, a dried fruit and nut mix may seem healthy at first glance, but if that mix contains lots of salt, sugar, and other "extras" (such as chocolate), then it may not be such a good choice after all. Look for mixes without these additives or, at least, those with minimal amounts of them.
The old 2000 calorie diet is just a reference on how much a person should consume every day. More often than not, 2000 calories is not the ideal amount for you. Find out your basal metabolic rate and take into account any exercise you perform to calculate how many calories you should be consuming.
For better nutrition, cut back on foods that contain added sugars and salt. You should also reduce the consumption of foods that are high in solid fats. Foods which fall into these categories include cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, pizza, sweetened drinks and fatty meats like bacon, sausage and hot dogs. These foods should be eaten as an occasional treat, not everyday food.
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