For some people, it takes a lot of effort to make corrections to habits that they’ve had for long periods of time. Or you might be someone who needs to see something at a glance in order to make a positive change. In this short “Health-e-Byte,” you will learn about the best foods that are considered ‘real foods’, similar to clean eating and following a whole foods lifestyle.
Below are a few examples to help you get a good grasp of the tiers of food quality. The list shows in a simple way how source, content, and freshness can make a major impact on the quality of your food. Convenience foods make up a large portion of what people consider when they are short on time but sacrifice their nutritional content in doing so. There are also cultural factors that appear across the board, but the impact is relatively clear. If you take the time to plan out your meals you’ll be sure to make better choices.
Bad – Coffee with artificial sweetener, name brand jelly with high-fructose corn syrup, box cereal with high fructose corn syrup.
Good – Coffee with white sugar, jelly that’s been sweetened with fruit juice, Instant oats, orange juice from the store.
Better – Coffee with a small amount of natural sweetener like honey, freshly crushed berries, plain oatmeal sweetened with honey or fruit chunks, homemade granola.
Bad – Bag of processed snacks, inexpensive white bread, prepackaged meat cuts with filler, salt, and water added, name brand mayonnaise, can of soda.
Good – Baked seasoned nuts, pre-seasoned popcorn, Specialty whole grain bread bought at the store, store sliced cold cuts of meat, organic specialty mayonnaise, store-bought juice drink, or flavored name brand iced tea.
Better – Raw nuts, popcorn you seasoned, homemade trail mix, whole wheat bread made by you or a bakery, freshly cooked and sliced meats, lightly seasoned mashed avocado for spread, freshly squeezed juice, tea, or water.
Bad – Conventional meat from the store, box macaroni, and cheese, dehydrated vegetable packet, can of soda or fruit punch that doesn’t contain much juice and is abundant with high fructose corn syrup.
Good – Organic meat from the store, organic box macaroni, and cheese, frozen vegetables for a side, store-bought sparkling cider, specialty sodas.
Better – Locally raised meat, homemade shells and real cheese, fresh seared vegetables, homemade sodas, juice, teas, flavored with juice mixtures, or water.
This simple list should help you and give you a better idea about foods that are good, bad, or the best when eating a real foods diet.
I hope you enjoyed this “Health-e-Byte.” Please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you liked about it.
To your health!