While you may not be ready to give up meat entirely and embrace a vegetarian diet, one way that you can prioritize your health, save money on your food shop and benefit your waistline and overall health is to become ‘flexitarian’. This just means that you choose a vegetarian meal a few nights a week. It’s easy to find a few delicious vegetarian recipes that you can add into your weekly rotation, and that way on the nights that you do have meat, you may be able to afford better quality, organic meats that tend to have less chemical nasties added. This is a really simple way to benefit your health by reducing the amount of processed meat in your diet.
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Add In Some Supplements
Although it’s not a substitute for eating a healthy, balanced diet, adding a few supplements to your routine can help to add in some extra nutrients. For example, powdered supergreens are a really easy thing to add to smoothies, soups or even a glass of fruit juice, and can serve as your five a day, although they should always be used in addition to nutrients you get from fresh fruits and vegetables. You could also try plant based probiotics, which help to balance your gut naturally. And a good quality multi-vitamin is also a daily must, with added iron if you need it.
Eat A Rainbow
Aiming to ‘eat a rainbow’ every day is a really easy and great way of loading your diet with more fresh produce. Different colors of fruits and vegetables represent different nutritional benefits to your body, so by making sure to add a wide variety of different ‘colors’ to each meal, you can boost your overall health. Try adding an extra portion of veggies to a pasta sauce or an omelette, or making sure that you eat a piece of fruit with each meal. Also aim for each snack to include at least one type of natural food – a sliced apple with peanut butter or some carrot sticks with hummus and a handful of unsalted nuts are a great combination. Before you know it, you will have added a lot more veggies to your daily routine and be on the path to better health.