In the era of the “foodie” we get caught up in eating the next blog worthy dish, however some of the most simple dishes provide the most nutrition. Take the picture above as an example: mini red and orange bell peppers. One ingredient, no additives, nothing artificial, just peppers. Although the description may sound boring this food is jam packed with excitement. One cup of red and orange bell peppers contains over 115mg of vitamin c; double the amount found in a small orange. When looking for a light, sweet, and crunchy snack or salad topper, add some sliced bell peppers!
Regardless of what you’re choosing to eat remember the ingredient list. Can you read it? Can you pronounce each word? Was the ingredient made in a lab? Today’s fast paced, world is all about eating quickly and on-the-go which makes it challenging to consume 100% fresh, no preservative ingredients. Although it is safe to consume small amounts of preservatives and additives it is important to ask yourself just how much of your diet is truly real food. When you stop and think back on your usual day-to-day, week-to-week diet and realize that more than 50% of what you eat comes in the form of processed foods your health might be in jeopardy. When at least 75% of the diet consists of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts/seeds, and whole grains, your risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and cancer goes down significantly.
So the next time you are thinking of going out to eat or grabbing the complete dinner meal that looks and smells so good, stop and ask yourself if this is something you can prepare on your own. If the answer is yes then stop yourself from making that impulse decision and go home instead. When you get there have some fun and make a ton! Whatever you don’t eat place in a tightly sealed container, consume within 3 days or freeze for another week you find yourself with little time to prepare a meal. Cooking at home is a great way to control portion sizes, money spent, and most importantly the ingredient list.