A happy life starts with a healthy life. And a healthy life begins with proper nutrition. Your body needs essential nutrients to function correctly, but many struggle to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Fortunately, you can do some surprisingly simple things to improve your nutritional intake. Here are seven of them. Incorporate these hacks into your daily life, and be prepared for massive change!
1. Drink More Water
Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest ways to improve your nutritional intake. Water helps your body absorb essential nutrients and flush out toxins. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, and consider carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
2. Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function correctly. Try incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals, and consider snacking on them throughout the day.
BLUEROOT’s salads are an excellent way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. We offer a variety of salads that are packed with fresh, seasonal produce and bursting with flavor. One of our most popular salads is the Farmstand, the classic that features spinach, grilled chicken, roasted seasonal vegetables, cheddar, spiced pecans, and creamy dill dressing. This nutrient-dense salad is both healthy and satisfying thanks to the combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs.
Another delicious salad option from BLUEROOT is the Magic City. This salad highlights southern flavors through ingredients like chow chow, shredded cabbage, our “BBQ” vinaigrette. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, making it an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions.
3. Cut Back on Processed Foods
Processed foods like chips, crackers, cookies, pasta, and bread are often high in sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats. They’re also typically devoid of most nutritional value. Try to limit your intake of processed foods and opt for whole, unprocessed foods – like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts – whenever possible.
4. Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals can help you make healthier choices and avoid impulse decisions. Consider creating a meal plan for the week and shopping for groceries accordingly.
When creating a meal plan, incorporating an option like BLUEROOT’s Protein Box can be a great way to grab a quick, satisfying, and nutritious meal. They’re versatile and can be an ideal companion post-workout, at that mid-afternoon energy slump, on road trips, or for clean and simple snacking.
5. Snack Smart
Fueling yourself throughout the day is essential. Choose whole foods like fresh fruit, vegetables, or nuts if you reach for a snack. Unprocessed goods are richer in nutrients and will keep you feeling fuller longer.
6. Read Labels
Empower yourself by being informed. Food labels can help you make smarter choices about the foods you eat. Pay attention to the ingredients and nutrition information and choose foods low in sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats. Some foods might surprise you (watch out for flavored yogurt, dried fruit, and fruit juice).
Understanding food labels is an essential step towards making healthier dietary choices. Labels provide crucial information about the nutritional content of food, including its calorie count, macronutrients (such as fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), and micronutrients (like vitamins and minerals). By reading these labels, you can avoid hidden sugars, excessive sodium, and unhealthy fats, which are often found in processed and packaged foods.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining good health, including proper nutrition. Aim to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night to help your body function correctly.
Improving your nutritional intake can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. By incorporating these seven simple strategies into your daily routine, you can make significant strides toward better nutrition and overall health. BLUEROOT offers a variety of healthy meal options and snacks to support your healthy lifestyle.