*This is a guest post from Petra Kravos a healthy lifestyle blogger over at Be Healthy Now on what healthy foods every kitchen needs.
I’m sure there are a lot of families out there who want to start eating healthier but have no idea where to begin. It’s a lot easier said than done especially because family life can be really busy and hectic. But it is possible, you just need to start buying the right kind of foods which you can use for creating quick and healthy meals from scratch.
Are you wondering what those foods are? Here is what you should consider stocking up on:
- Porridge Oats
Oats are a nutritious and fantastic way to start the day – a gluten-free whole grain with a lot of vitamins, fibre, and minerals that fills you up.
Porridge oats are easy to make and are not only known to lower cholesterol levels but they can even improve your blood sugar control. Kids will also benefit from this breakfast staple, as it’s filling and will give them a ton of energy.
So for a healthy start of the day always have porridge oats in stock. I recommend that you add fruits and seeds to them to make them extra flavourful and nutritious.
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Start Eating Healthily
There’s no better way to feel happy and healthy than by making sure that what goes into your body is healthy. Let’s get one thing straight – no one is saying that you need to only eat fresh fruits and vegetables and cut out the chocolate altogether. That just isn’t a practical or enjoyable way to live. Instead, you should do your best to make your food from fresh, to cut out any nasty chemicals and preservatives that are found in convenience foods and to cut down your salt and sugar intake. This will be good for your blood pressure, your teeth and your moods. You should also make sure that your portion size isn’t too big – a lot of people gain weight simply by eating too much. You should also make sure that you don’t feel guilty about what you eat. Some potato chips and cookies every now and then aren’t so bad. ‘Clean’ eating is a myth because it implies that some food is dirty. Eat everything in moderation and you’ll be just fine.
Pregnancy should be an exciting time, but it also places a strain on your body. By eating a healthy diet, watching your weight and staying active, your pregnancy can be far more pleasant.
As HARTMANN Direct highlight, making small changes to your diet can have a positive impact on your body. Before you make any changes, perhaps have a chat with your GP first if you have any existing medical conditions or are unsure about what needs to change.
If you plan on getting pregnant in the next 12 months, you want to make sure that your diet is rich in folic acid and this means being proactive about increasing your intake of it.
You can take supplements and there is a growing range of pre-natal vitamins but if you prefer the natural approach, eating folic acid-rich foods in your diet is relatively simple. Folic acid is found on whole grains, cereals, vegetables and citrus fruits.
Pre-pregnancy you should be aiming for a folic acid intake of 400 to 600mg, increasing it to 800mg during pregnancy to minimise the risk of birth defects.