Eat The Rainbow
Fruits and vegetables are available in a wide variety of colors that contain many of the vitamins and minerals we need. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is essential for your overall health.
Our society has caused us to think faster is better. We all want instant gratification from shipments from Amazon or the drive-thru line at Chick-fil-A, but what about when it comes to eating food? Is faster better? Not necessarily. As the new year starts, we can incorporate mindful eating into our daily routines to gain awareness of our eating experiences. Why rush through life? Let’s begin to enjoy our food in 2022!
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found naturally in a few foods. A fat-soluble vitamin is stored in your body’s fatty tissue and absorbed along with fats in the diet. They’re present in foods containing fats. Vitamin D is important for our bodies because it promotes bone growth, regulates our immune system and supports other bodily functions. The recommended dietary allowance for Vitamin D is 15mcg (600 IU) for adult males and females.
Pasta is a prevalent food eaten in people’s everyday life. There are plenty of alternative types of pasta for people who are gluten-free, vegan or looking for more nutrition value. For example, lentil pasta is an excellent alternative to regular pasta because it’s high in fiber and protein. Lentils are loaded with folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
We are often encouraged to maintain a heart healthy diet to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and regulate blood pressure, but what does this really look like? Regularly consuming a variety of different foods from each food group can be a great start. It’s recommended to focus on consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry, fish, nuts and legumes. Focusing on these as main meal components may help control cholesterol and blood pressure.
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