Processed Foods Can Be Part of a Healthy Diet
Today, we will address how processed foods can be part of a healthy diet. The term “processed food” refers to any food that is changed, prepared or packaged. Most food that we eat today is processed. Some foods are minimally processed, such as frozen vegetables or bagged salad mix. Other foods, like prepared meals, are heavily processed. Keep reading for tips of making processed food part of a healthy diet.
Processed foods can be part of a healthy diet IF YOU Look for Minimally Processed Foods. Read food labels, and look for foods without added sugar, sodium or unhealthy fats. For example, frozen fruits and vegetables without added sugar or sauce are minimally processed and great way to more produce to your diet. Prepackaged salad mix is another great option, and you can easily whip up a simple vinaigrette to dress your salad with.
Processed foods can be part of a healthy diet IF YOU Cook More. Eating out less will help you reduce highly processed foods in your diet. Cooking at home does not have to be complicated and will give you control over what you put in your food. Get the whole family involved by choosing recipes together and having everyone help.
Processed foods can be part of a healthy diet IF YOU Snack Smarter. Fruit, raw veggies, nuts and seeds are all smart, minimally processed foods for snacking. Avoid highly processed dips by making your own guacamole or hummus. Snacking on dairy? Just look for low-fat options with minimal sugar added.
Eating healthy does not have to be complicated. A few simple swaps and adjustments in your diet can make a big difference. For more tips and tricks, schedule a free consultation with Dr, Karen to learn how health coaching at KareBoost Health can help you be healthier.
Processed Foods Blog Part 2 will follow shortly. Keep checking out our helpful educational blogs.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach