Staying fit does not necessarily mean that you need to quit all the tasty and delicious food. In fact, dozens of recipes can be prepared by using only fruits and vegetables. These will not only fulfil your appetite but will also provide you vitamins and minerals without too many calories.
Here in this post, I would like to share some of my very own discovered ways, to stay in shape by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Being a mother, I know how little time we have for ourselves, and hence, these foods will not take much time to prepare.
Fruits, Eat Them Whole
Many fruits can be eaten on the go, along with their skin i.e. apples, guavas, peaches, etc. If we remove the skins of these fruits, we are losing all the fibre in it. Remember that fibre is one constituent of diet which helps to eliminate our wastes. It also regulates glucose metabolism and helps us to stay in shape. When consuming fruits, remember not to miss out on the fibre in them!
If you have trouble making fruit mixes or fruit based foods for yourself, try refreshing juices. I know that our busy daily lives do not leave us with much time to devote time for ourselves, but these juices take no time to make. Try a mixed juice of apple and carrot, or carrot and orange. To cover the fibre losses, you could add a fibre extract, available from health food stores.
Eat The Right Amounts
Remember to stick to portion sizes, even with fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruit and starchy vegetables still contain calories. Eat only when you are genuinely hungry, and eat moderately. Avoid sprinkling sugar on your fruits or salt on your vegetables.
More Veggies, Stay Healthy
Fruits are healthy, but they contain sugars which are rapidly metabolised into starch, which if consumed in excess, will be stored as excess fat. Focus more on vegetables. Go for a bowl of raw carrots, cabbage and tomato salad, etc. Vegetables not only contain essential vitamins and minerals but also have anti-oxidants which cause a release of energy.
Careful With Veggies Too
Same goes for vegetables too. Avoid fried vegetables which incorporate too much oil as it will do more harm than good. Go for raw, grilled, broiled or baked vegetables and salads. Also be careful with the seasonings. Excessive salt results in water retention and leads to weight gain. Try on other herbs and spices i.e. basil, parsley, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, etc. to make the foods delicious. Remember that all varieties of salt i.e. sea salt, kosher salt, table salt, etc. contain sodium, which can raise the blood pressure.
Go For Veggie Soups
Warm vegetable based soups are what cuts down the fat at a maximum rate. You can incorporate some vegetables i.e. carrots, capsicum, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, etc. to yield a big bowl of organic soup. Season it well and enjoy with crackers. Not only it is fulfilling and nourishing, but will also help you to stay in shape.
About the Author
Hi, there! My name is Sarah, a food lover who sets sail and explore towns, borders and cultures just to try and enjoy whatever my food-loving heart desires when I visit I destination. I write food and culinary guides to help fellow foodies find and learn about practical food, culture and travel tips. Join me in my journey and quest for delicious and healthy food at MyKingCook. See you!