4 Ways to Make Your Diet More Nutrient Dense & Consistently Healthy


| 11/10/2016 2:13:00 PM



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In a perfect world, every meal you eat would be filled with organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat and high-protein meats — all delicately sautéed in the finest of olive oils.

As you probably know quite well, this perfect world does not exist — at least most of the time. Schedules are busier than ever, you have a million things to do and places to go, and more meals than you care to admit are ordered from a fast food window or heated up in your microwave.

Fortunately, eating a more nutritionally dense diet is easier than you may think and it doesn’t take up a lot of time or money. Boost the healthiness of the foods that you are eating with these tips:

Understanding Macronutrients, Micronutrients and Phytonutrients

In order to get more nutrition out of your food, it’s important to understand some of the commonly-used terms. For example, you might see a lot of references to macronutrients and micronutrients. In a nutshell, notes Pediaa, your body needs larger amounts of macronutrients to be as healthy as possible; they help with energy and growth and include protein, fat, fiber and carbs. Micronutrients, while also necessary for health, are needed in much smaller amounts; antioxidants, minerals like iron and zinc and vitamins are all examples. As for phytonutrients, they are natural chemicals found in plants that help protect the plants from disease, and in turn may also boost our health and nutrition.



Shop Locally

One of the easiest ways to get more nutritional value from the foods you eat is to buy them from local sources. Unlike the apples and cucumbers you buy at the grocery store — which were probably picked days if not weeks earlier and have lost up to half of their nutrients — the foods you find at farmers markets and the like are freshly-picked and chock full of nutrition. Check around for these types of markets and try to shop there as often as you can.



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