A long life, improved appearance, good health, increased energy, even a smaller budget – these are just some of the many reasons why people choose to make the leap to the whole foods diet.
But it’s pretty easy to want to commit to a new health and nutrition regime. The hard part is following through, especially in this busy, fast-paced modern world, where it’s often so much easier and far more practical to just grab a quick meal on the go.
However, this simple guide will show you how easy it is to bring variety, flavor
Whole Foods Breakfasts
The most important meal of the day ( if you are not on intermittent fasting of course ), breakfast presents a lot of challenges if you’re trying to eat
The biggest issue here is time – this is typically the most hectic time of the day for most people, especially if you are trying to get healthy, nutritious breakfasts into a busy family.
Kids can be especially picky about their food and completely changing their diet can cause havoc. Luckily, the whole foods diet just requires a bit of tweaking to your typical breakfast menus, bearing in mind that you cannot use processed or refined foods. You can still serve eggs and bacon as long as the eggs are fresh and the bacon is organic and minimally processed – do not use frozen bacon. Traditional cereals like cornflakes are out because they contain processed grains and sugars, but you can replace this with more natural alternatives like steel-cut oatmeal or chia-flax cereal. Pancakes and waffles are also an option as long as you use whole-ground flour and unrefined sugars like turbinado.
Whole Foods Lunches and Dinners
Lunches and dinners on the whole foods diet are not really any different either, except for your ingredient list. The only problem is that if you’re used to eating processed meats and cheeses for a quick lunch, you’re in for a severe disappointment. Those tasty cheese and ham sandwiches are forbidden on this diet as is canned tuna and chicken, which means no more cheap tuna sandwiches or chicken salad.
However, there are alternatives. The whole foods diet allows you to eat bread made from whole grains and most grocery stores do offer a good, affordable selection of whole ground bread.
A simple, home-made sandwich with sliced fresh cheese, fresh veggies and a slice or two of home-roasted ham or turkey is an excellent alternative to the typical processed cheese and ham sandwich.
For a tasty dinner, whip up a hearty fresh vegetable and barley soup or have a slice of grilled fish with brown rice and sautéed fresh vegetables on the side. Even your favorites like lasagna and meatloaf are possible on the whole foods diet – the only difference is a fresher flavor profile and greater nutrition.
Whole Foods Snacks
Snacking is perhaps the most challenging aspect of taking on any new nutrition program because let’s face it, the things we love to eat the most are often terrible for us. And like most diets, the whole foods diet doesn’t allow for treats like chips and soda.
But the good news is it lets you eat almost everything else – nuts, fruits, seeds, berries, even things like cookies and fruit bars, as long as they are made with natural, unaltered ingredients and are low on preservatives and additives, including salt and sugar.
The whole foods diet is easy to follow and implement because it simply means switching out processed ingredients for unprocessed ones. You can still eat satisfying and recognizable meals like chicken and potatoes without sacrificing on flavor and variety. In fact, the only thing that changes when you’re on a whole foods diet is an improvement in your overall health and nutrition and who can really say no to that?
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