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How to Increase the Taste and Nutrition in Homemade Meals

Submitted by Elizabeth on July 13, 2010

Eating food from restaurants and fast food joints has become a way of life for most people today. Eating outside can be very damaging and doesn’t do any good to our system as we are not aware of the ingredients as well as the cooking procedure used. Foods from restaurants don’t always give you the required vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Try to eat home made food more often as you can control the ingredients used. You can cook your healthy diet meals with organic items and avoid the unnecessary processed additives that cause damage to your body.

You need to keep a few things in mind when preparing balanced diet meals. A regular diet should contain the right amount of proteins and vitamins required for a healthy body. Consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Try and fill your stomach with fruits and vegetables rather than eating junk food. Eat a portion of fish or lean meat to fulfill your protein requirement. Drink plenty of water throughout the day as it helps in flushing out the toxins from your system and promotes healthy bowel movements.

A good healthy balanced diet breakfast should include some low fat cottage cheese, a cup of strawberries, and a slice of whole grain toast. A mid-day snack could include some walnuts, an apple, and some lean sliced chicken. Lunch should ideally include a generous serving of salad.

You can add vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, and lettuce leaf to your salad along with a teaspoon of walnut oil. You can also have a baked meat patty with a loaf of wholegrain bread. Later on in the afternoon you could have some carrots with 6 ounces of tofu with one tablespoon of pumpkin seeds. For dinner you can have some cooked asparagus, spinach, or broccoli with flax oil and some whole-wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce and two ounces of ground turkey.

Breads, pastas, breakfast cereals and rice have starch and are high in their fiber content. Fruits and vegetables are a very good source of vitamins and minerals. They are also low in carbohydrates but high in natural sugars and this helps to keep you energetic. Have milk, cheese or other dairy products for proteins, calcium, and vitamins. Fish and meats are a high source for irons, proteins and vitamins. Try to eat the lean cut meats as this reduces the fat content of your meals. You can always make use of salad dressings, but let it be minimal as it is high in calories and fat. This way you can make your homemade meals tasty and at the same time have a balanced diet.
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