It would be nice if everyone in the world could be eating healthy meals. But we know that even when the right foods are available to us, it’s not quite as simple as that.
Over the years, many of us have gotten used to eating foods that are not so healthy for us.
Every once in a while, the government changes it’s idea of what the basic food groups are. While no food group is discontinued, the importance of certain foods goes down. Theoretically there are no bad foods, but there ARE better choices we can make that we should include when eating healthy meals.
According to the food pyramid, ideally, we should be eating 3 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 4-8 servings of grains or starchy vegetables, etc.
Of course, it’s not the same for everyone. A baby will have different requirements, as would teens and the elderly. The food pyramid is just a guideline for the average adult.
If you want to maintain the best health you can, you should likely eat a little from each food group daily. For example….eating healthy meals might consist of a lean meat sandwich for lunch, containing one meat portion and two grain portions (eating whole grain bread is best). If you add some tomato, lettuce, cucumber slices, etc…you could add a vegetable portion or two to that.
For a snack during the day, you could have a yogurt and some carrot sticks, giving you a 1 dairy, fruit and vegetable serving. Or maybe you would rather have a whole piece of fruit? You get the idea. There are many combination’s you can come up with, when eating healthy meals, to get all the good sources of food you need.
A good balanced meal would consist of some lean protein, some vegetable or fruit portions and maybe a starch. It’s always good to prepare your foods in the leanest manner you can and to also watch your portion sizes. You can make eating healthy meals tastier by adding fats to your meal. Olive oil is a good choice.
You can even have deserts, just watch your portions or use healthier options, like fruit salad, or try a parfait alternating jello, fruit and yogurt.
Making healthy choices isn’t always easy. But if you are used to eating foods that are not so good for you, a few healthy choices are better than none. With some practice, you will soon find it easier to incorporate healthier foods into your day, and you will be enjoying many healthy meals in no time.