Sitting down on proper nutrition, we expect it to be easy and simple: you take healthy foods and eat them, and throw all kinds of sweets in the trash. It would seem, what could be easier? Even a steamed turnip looks like a Rubik’s cube compared to this thesis. However, everything is not as easy as it might seem. Here is a list of foods that have nothing to do with proper nutrition.
What to do with them? If you’re serious about switching to a healthy diet, it’s worth finding healthy alternatives to these foods, if possible. And the rest — just eliminate from the diet.
1. Porridge from a bag
Instant oatmeal and healthy eating are the Montagues and Capulets of the diet world. Pouches, muesli and other instant cereals usually contain a large amount of sugar, and it will not be surprising if, after a couple of hours after such a “nutritious” and “healthy” breakfast, you want to cram a grilled elephant, a healthy leg of lamb and drink all cistern of chocolate shake. Of course, this is an artistic exaggeration, it is unlikely that you will get so hungry, but the fact remains: after a porridge from a bag, flavored with sugar from the heart, you will definitely want to screw some more delicious treats.
Choose whole grain cereals, cook with water, and also combine with other protein products: boiled egg or scrambled eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, and so on.
Macaroni is a so-so nutritional choice, but we’re all human and we all want to freak out sometimes and make macaroni and cheese (or cheese and macaroni) for lunch. If you can’t resist this temptation, choose pasta made from durum wheat, and get used to the degree of cooking called al dente. Refined and useful.
3. Packaged juices
On proper nutrition, it is recommended to drink juices, but not packaged ones. The reason again, as in the first paragraph, is sugar. Homemade juice can be an alternative to packaged juices. And if you do not have a juicer, it is recommended to cook compotes, fruit drinks and lemonades. And to sweeten it, use honey.
4. Culinary Dishes
The culinary department in supermarkets looks especially tempting when you go home after a hard day’s work and don’t feel like cooking. However, think about these simple theses:
- How fresh are the products from which these dishes were prepared?
- What is the quality of sauces and seasonings?
- How many calories are in a dish?
Try to eat at home more often, cook all kinds of cool recipes. For example — from our heading “Recipes”.
5. Semi-finished products
Semi-finished products are exactly the same evil as culinary dishes. Their quality is questionable, you don’t know what ingredients they were made from. But what if you don’t have time to cook every day?
A simple hack. Make homemade meals. For example — set aside time on Saturday or Sunday to wind cutlets, cabbage rolls and other things. Freeze vegetable sets for soups. This will save you a lot of cooking time.
6. White rice
White rice has much less fiber and protein. Therefore, it is better to choose black, brown and brown rice. They are much better than white.
7. Yoghurts with additives
Do not buy yogurt with ready-made additives in the store. Much better is to add frozen berries and fruits to regular yogurt. That will be much more useful.
8. Granola bars
Same reason as with yogurt. Instead, make homemade granola according to our recipe.
Semolina is a source of fast and simple carbohydrates that are easily digested and give you quick satiety. It is good for children’s diet, but it is not enough for adults. It does not saturate the adult body with vitamins, minerals, fiber and proteins, but there are a lot of calories in it.