Why eating healthy is important
For one, eating a healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight. This is important because being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet can also help reduce your risk of developing certain chronic diseases.
For example, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables has been linked with a reduced risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Furthermore, eating a diet rich in whole grains has been linked with a reduced risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. So, as you can see, there are many good reasons to make sure you are eating a healthy diet. By doing so, you can help yourself maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.
Tips on how to eat healthy
1. Make sure you're eating enough fruits and vegetables. The USDA recommends that adults eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day.
2. Incorporate whole grains into your diet. Try to make at least half of your grain servings whole grains.
3. Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are found in animal products, such as meat and dairy. Trans fats are found in processed foods, such as some margarines, crackers, and cookies.
4. Choose lean protein sources. Some good options include fish, skinless chicken, tofu, legumes, and nuts.
5. Drink plenty of water. The USDA recommends that adults drink 8 cups of water per day.
6. Get regular exercise. Exercise not only helps with weight loss, but can also help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Healthy Bento Lunch Box Ideas
If you're looking for some healthy lunch box ideas, look no further!
Here are some easy and delicious ideas that will make packing a healthy lunch a breeze:
1. A classic PB&J sandwich on whole wheat bread. You can use powdered peanut butter, I use the brand PB2 instead of your standard jar peanut butter as it's more than half the calories.
2. A turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread. I use low fat cheese and turkey bacon for the protein content.
3. A wrap filled with grilled chicken, veggies, and hummus.
4. A salad made with mixed greens, chicken, and your favorite veggies.
5. A whole grain quesadilla filled with black beans, cheese, and veggies.
6. A bowl of whole grain cereal with milk and fruit. Try substituting whole milk for nut milk as it's lower in calories, try the unsweetened version.
7. A yogurt parfait made with yogurt, granola, and fruit. Try to use greek yoghurt as it has less grams of sugar per serving and it has a lovely tangy taste, add some honey to sweeten.
8. A PB&J smoothie made with milk (or almond milk), peanut butter, and jelly. I like to use jelly that's sweetened with monkfruit to save on the calories and use powdered peanut butter as I do for my PB&J Sandwiches.
9. A whole fruit or veggie with a dip or dressing.
10. A healthy homemade lunchable (try mini whole wheat pitas, turkey or ham, cheese, and grapes).
Packing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be difficult or boring! With a little creativity, you can easily come up with a variety of healthy and delicious lunch options.