It’s easy to fall into habits that are detrimental to your health. However, it’s equally easy to build healthy habits that can get you back into peak condition.
To help kick-start a plan, Muuna has shared with us five tips to eat better and stay healthy during National Nutrition Month.
Here are five easy tips to keep in mind this month when planning meals and snacks that can have an impact on your ongoing nutrition and dietary habits:
Diversify Protein Sources
Meat is the most common source of protein for consumers, but variety and moderation are key to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Opting for alternatives rich in protein like nuts, seeds and beans provide a nice variety from the usual chicken, fish or steak. Dairy can be another excellent source of protein that can help keep you energized and full throughout the day.
Read the Fine Print
Consumers’ busy lifestyles can lead to nutrition labels often overlooked. It’s important to stop and read the nutrition facts panel on snacks before purchasing. For example, according to Nielsen and Label Insight, there are 206 variations of high fructose corn syrup that manufacturers can list on a label, many of which consumers may not associate as an added sugar.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s also the most easily forgotten. To refuel and rev-up for an energetic day, plan a power breakfast that’s high in protein to keep your hunger at bay. Muuna is an ideal option, with delicious pieces of premium fruit-on-the-bottom, including pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, mango, and peach.
Count Your Zzz’s
According to The National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours is the recommended amount to achieve a good night’s rest. Late nights lead to further cravings for junk food and bad eating habits, for example, foods such as dark chocolate, soda and wine will keep you up much longer, thus reducing your quality of sleep.
Stop Eating Out
Social eating has become a staple in society. In moderation, this is not a problem; however, nothing beats a home-cooked meal. Take your favorite restaurant recipes and make them your own, so you can control how much oil, salt and sugar goes into your food.