Food & Health
28 December 2016

Food basics: Simple guide to a balanced meal

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by Gaby Smith - 3 Comments
Food basics: Simple guide to a balanced meal

A balanced meal isn’t about strict dietary limitations. Its all about feeling great, having sufficient energy and improving your overall look as well as stabilizing your mood.

Being on a balanced diet means eating a variety of foods in the correct portions and having enough beverages to achieve and, maintain a healthy body weight. Utilize the following nutrition tips to help you started on the essentials of being on a balanced diet.

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables Each Day

Vegetables and fruits are a vital source of minerals and should make up just over a third of the food you consume in a day. It is advised that we consume at least five portions of various vegetables and fruits in a day. There is a lot of evidence that individuals who consume vegetables every day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancers, and stroke.

2. Add Starchy Foods to Your Diet

Starchy foods should make up about a third of the food we consume. Potatoes with skins are a great

source of vitamins and fibers. Eating boiled potatoes or jacket potatoes (make sure to eat the skin too). Opt for wholegrain or wholemeal foods (rich in starch). They include rice, wholemeal, brown and pasta as well as white bread.

3. Dairy Products and Meat

Opt for those dairy products with low-fat content. They are good sources of protein which are essential for the repairing of cells as well as growth. Eating meat will give you, zinc, iron, and vitamin B. Choose lean meat since it is rich in Vitamin B12. Chicken meat is also advisable to help cut down the amount of fat you consume.

4. Oils and spreads

Some fat in your meal is essential, but should be limited to small volumes. Use unsaturated oils and spread since they have low cholesterol.

5. Consume Less Sugar and saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can increase the level of cholesterol in the blood; this increases the chance of developing heart disease. Too much sugar will increase your risk of tooth decay as well as the chances of getting obese.

If can feel overwhelming with all the different nutrition and diet advice out there. You can always consult a nutritionist to find the perfect meal plan for you.

Gaby Smith

Gaby Smith

Gaby, a practicing nomad, has been an entertainment buff for decades. She has published articles in US Weekly and is a member of several of lifestyle blogs including Jaribo. She currently lives in Rumford, Maine, with her husband, three kids and two dogs.

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3 Comments

  1. Kristina Jerome says:

    Hmmm.. Might try kicking sugar out of my diet this year. See how that works out.

  2. Apple Rossman says:

    We’ve been trying to get back to our regular eating habits. Little by little.

  3. Casey Willmon says:

    After all the feasting I need to get back to healthy eating. Well maybe next week. 😉

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