Make Healthy Food Choices: Let Us Help You
We have all been there: Sitting there at a restaurant or in our own kitchen, determined not to break our diet—but we’re so hungry—and the fattening crackers are sitting there, staring at you. What do you do? Do you continue to make healthy food choices?
With all of the information available to us, it can be really difficult to assess the nutritional value of food and make healthy food choices. It’s nice that we do have access to nutritional information, but sometimes it can be really overwhelming. Also, a food that looks healthy can actually be loaded with fat and calories.
The following healthy food choices comparison list should help you learn how to determine the health value of food, without the excess of information that you’ll find plastered all over the internet.
Grilled Chicken vs. Fried Chicken
Grilled chicken is the healthier choice. Grilled chicken is high in protein and low in fat. It can also be served with almost any sauce or side dish. On the other hand, fried chicken is usually cooked in heavy oils and is often breaded; both the oil and bread add extra fat and calories to your meal.
When trying to make healthy food choices in regard to meat, look for grilled, broiled or baked options. Also, if preparing meat at home, buy lean cuts of meat or trim off extra fat before cooking.
Pancake Breakfast vs. Egg Breakfast
The egg breakfast is a better choice. Eggs are full of protein and can be made into a variety of dishes. Starting your day with protein can increase your energy, keep you full and could also help you eat fewer calories throughout the day. On the other hand, the high carbohydrate and sugar content of pancakes can leave you hungry, making you more likely to reach for a quick junk food fix.
For breakfast, look for high protein options and try to limit your intake of processed grain.
Black Coffee vs. Carmel Frappuccino
When thinking of healthy food choices, very few people look at what they are drinking. They think that beverages can’t possibly be that high in calorie, but think again. Black coffee is very low in calories and can give you an added boost of caffeine. Unfortunately, most people turn to specialty coffee drinks. These high calorie drinks can have more calories, sugar and fat than an entire meal. And if consumed regularly, these drinks can lead to weight gain.
If you are looking for a caffeine boost, look for black coffee or tea and add sugar and cream sparingly.
Water vs. Soda
Following the same idea as the coffee, it is best not to drink away your calories. Water has no calories, can improve brain function, regulate body temperature and help detoxify the body. Soda, on the other hand, is full of chemicals, sugar and calories which can lead to weight gain and other medical problems.
It is best to always choose a low calorie or a no calorie drink. However, if you choose to drink a caloric beverage, remember that you are adding extra calories into your diet which need to be accounted for.
Brown Rice vs. White Rice
Brown rice is the better choice. Brown rice is more complex and has more fiber, iron and vitamins than does white rice. The fiber in the brown rice will help keep you full. White rice is refined and therefore has fewer nutrients than brown rice.
In regard to grain, look for whole grain and limit your intake of refined, processed and white grains.
Making healthy food choices does not have to be difficult. By knowing a few basics and looking for the healthy alternatives, eating a healthier diet can be easy.
Do you want more options?
Maybe you’re not very nutritionally savvy or your schedule makes it tricky to get to the grocery store and cook healthy meals at home. It’s much less stressful to have healthy meals readily available because eating healthy shouldn’t be stressful.
If you’re looking for something fast and convenient without the hassle of going to the grocery store, bistroMD offers a diet delivery program that can help you develop healthy eating habits and lose weight.
We have a men and a women’s program with the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door. The seven day option comes with the My Night feature. Think of it as your one day off a week.
The two programs range from $130-$160 and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are just $1.50 per snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.