Spice up your meals with nutritional alternatives Spice up your meals with nutritional alternatives

Spice up your meals with nutritional alternatives

All natural 11 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Either for work lunches or to prepare quickly at home, these easy alternatives are strategies that can help improve your health.

Make salad your main meal: As nutritionist Allison Stowell explains in her blog Guiding Stars, in addition to the traditional ingredients of leafy greens (lettuce or spinach), add whole grains such as toasted quinoa or amaranth, which are good sources of magnesium, iron and vitamin B. Also try adding brown rice.

Add fruits to put some extra zing in your meals: To get phytonutrients in your diet, which are good for your health, another option is to include fresh, frozen or canned fruits to your meals. In addition to giving color and texture, they off a lot of benefits. A good example of this is mango combined with lettuce and avocado.

Use beans in dishes other than just as your main meal: Instead of eating them in traditional ways such as in chilis or with the typical Colombian soup, the cazuela, include them in other healthy ingredients.  As indicated a few years ago in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that beans are more than just carbohydrates. They contain significant levels of polyphenols, which are micronutrients with lots of antioxidants – good for your cardiovascular health.

Skip those “easy outs.” The easiest way to top a salad is with a salad dressing, which can be high in calories. It is better to include nuts, seeds or dried fruits instead.