Looking to lose weight or get healthier? Stop shunning foods! Calories are actually your friend- HEALTHY calories that is! Instead of worrying about following a strict diet plan, make it easier for yourself and throw your complicated diet guidelines out the window! Instead, choose healthy, whole and nutrient dense foods!
What are nutrient dense foods?
According to the NIH, nutrient dense foods are "foods that have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories". Look for foods that contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats." Think of nutrient dense fods as the "biggest bang for your buck"- you get the necessary nutrients for the least calories!
What foods are nutrient dense?
- Whole Grains
- Lean protein- seafood, poultry, meat, beans, eggs and unsalted nuts
- Low-fat dairy products
*Limit saturated fats, sodium, added sugars and cholesterol!
Benefits of nutrient dense foods:
Nutrient dense foods are naturally healthier- filled with vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Most fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy have little fat and no cholesterol. Fruits, veggies and whole grains are also fiber-friendly- helping with digestion and constipation.
Take control of your health- choose nutrient-dense foods and you'll automatically be following a healthier diet! Your body will thank you!