An Eater’s Guide to Making Healthy Food Choices

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Enjoying the pleasures of eating does not have to be an unhealthy habit. While sticking to a nutritious diet may be a challenge for some at some point, being a foodie does not have to be a source of guilt or an excuse to indulge in binge eating. You can be a food lover extraordinaire without putting your health on the line. And regardless of how busy you may get, you can always take pleasure from delicious eats without the guilt. Here are some ways to eat healthy while indulging in your passion for food.

Cut back on sweetened beverages. Drinking water with your snacks and meals is part of making healthy food choices. Research suggests that 20% of daily caloric intake is comprised of calories from sodas and other sugary drinks. Make it a habit to drink water with your every meal. If you want something different, drink a glass of water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea.

Go for nutrient-rich food. Eating anything that is fastest to get or most convenient to have when you are busy often lead to some unhealthy choices. While fast food meals can be filling, they rarely contain sufficient amount of essential nutrients that you need. They can also be high on calories, sodium, and saturated fat. To make healthier food choices, you have to carefully choose from the menu. Read descriptions and labels so you can avoid items that have the highest calories and unhealthy fats.

Take time to prepare your own food. Take the time to pack your own snacks and lunch. Bringing your own food at work helps you make healthy food choices in your busy life. Prepare healthy meals such as salads with grilled lean meat toppings and vinaigrette, brown rice with lean meat and mixed vegetables on the side, chicken breast sandwich with no mayonnaise, apples, carrot sticks, and many more.

Keep nutritious snacks handy. It is fairly easy to grab some snacks wherever you go. Cafeterias, vending machines, and restaurants or cafes near you will always have something tempting to offer if you want to enjoy a snack. But not all your options may be good for you. To avoid overindulging in high-calorie treats that do not have much to offer when it comes to nutrients, you can keep some healthy snacks on hand that you can easily grab, if needed.