Tips to Prepare a Balanced Diet

4th August 2018

Although the following tips are food focused, remember that a balanced diet should always be complemented by exercise. Do not forget to include exercise in your daily routine.

Do you find it difficult to prepare a balanced diet? Keep reading for some tips and tricks to enjoy a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. By following these simple tips you can leave your bad habits behind.

 

Eat the type of food you need, at the right time

The first thing that you need to take into account when you follow a balanced diet, is the type of nutrients that your body needs. All nutrients are necessary, but you need to eat them at the right time. This will make sure that you have as much energy as possible. At the same time you need to avoid accumulating fat.

Below, we have listed the most essential nutrients that you need:

  • Vitamins
  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Minerals

You do not need to consume all nutrients in the same amount or at the same time of the day. Here are some tips for you, to help you consume the right nutrients, at the right time and, in the right way.

1. Consume vitamins and minerals with all meals. Remember that you have to eat five times a day and in each meal you must include foods with vitamins and minerals. Although at first it seems complicated it is actually very simple. Try a juice at breakfast time, a salad for lunch, vegetables at dinner time and two pieces of fruit at the end of the day or a smoothie.

2. Carbohydrates for breakfast. Start the day with energy by drinking a glass of milk with cereal or having yogurt with nuts and seeds. You can also combine natural juice with a healthy toast. By contrast, at dinner time do not consume these types of nutrients, because you will not burn them and they will become accumulated fat stores.

3. Moderate the consumption of fats. In order for your body to function properly it is necessary to consume fats. However, you need to eat this in small quantities and always choose healthy fats such as, olive oil, nuts or fish.

4. Reserve proteins for dinner time. A healthy dinner would be a salad and a piece of grilled meat or fish. With this we do not mean to consume only protein during the last few hours of the day, but given their regenerative function, it is beneficial to eat protein at night.

Eat seasonal foods

Currently, almost all food products are consumed throughout the year. Even when certain foods are not in season in our country, they are imported from other parts of the world.

At the same time, greenhouse agriculture means that any food can be grown and produced, in any season.

Despite this, foods do lose many properties when we eat them out of season. After foods are frozen and canned, a lot of time can pass before we eat them. Thus, the best way for us to enjoy fruit and vegetables, (and still be able to take advantage of their nutrients), is to choose seasonal produce.

In addition, seasonal foods in supermarkets are always cheaper to buy. You can save at the time of purchase by taking advantage of the competitive price of these products, and at the same time take care of your diet.

 

Freeze your healthy recipes

We all know that precooked foods are not healthy, but at the same time we always end up falling into temptation. You are tired after a long day at work, you do not want to cook or to go shopping and when you remember that you have precooked food in the freezer…

It is easy to break your balanced diet.

To prevent this from happening, we suggest that you prepare healthy meals and freeze them in advance. Take advantage of weekends or those moments when you can be in the kitchen for a while. So when you do arrive home from work, you will have homemade and healthy food that is ready to eat. This idea is perfect also for days when you are rushed and end up buying fast food to eat at home.

Frozen food is perfectly preserved for weeks in the freezer. As you can see, there is no excuse to abandon your balanced diet and instead, eat fast food. So take a little free time and start cooking.