Most people in today’s busy world don't get proper nutrition.
Most of us eat between one to three meals a day that we did not prepare ourselves. We dine in at restaurants, order takeout, or eat a frozen Swanson type dinner much too frequently. Most restaurants are not concerned with nutrition; they mostly care about cutting cost and enhancing flavor. To make their food more palatable they use high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar. The internet has an abundance of articles detailing some of the unhealthiest offenders from large chain restaurants that will make your jaw drop.
Even if you cook your own meals, food today is not as high in nutrition as it used to be. Farmers are more concerned with increasing yield than retaining vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. If your body is significantly lacking in any of these then you can become ill. There are many diseases that are caused by poor nutrition. So how do we get the nutrition our bodies need to not only be healthy, but to have the proper fuel to excel at our jobs or our favorite sports?
Cook more meals at home using fresh ingredients.
By cooking meals at home instead of eating fast food or frozen dinners, you gain control over exactly what you are eating. There are plenty of techniques you can put to use to make delicious meals that are also packed with nutrition and low in fat and sodium. Substitute fatty meats with lean meats and bake them instead deep frying. Use only small amounts of butter or oil; a little bit goes a long way. Use fresh spices and herbs instead of an excessive amount of salt. If you use the right combination of spices then you can make meals at home that are healthier and tastier than what you eat at chain restaurants. A great source for custom meal plans and healthy recipes can be found here.
Smoothies pack a powerful punch of nutrition.
Smoothies are now more popular than ever. Not only do they taste delicious, but incorporating smoothies in your diet is one of the easiest ways get an abundance of nutrition. Making smoothies could not be any easier. You first need to start with a base ingredient. Common bases are water, milk, soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk. Some recipes call for ice. I personally like to use almond milk. Then you can use almost any fruits and vegetables depending on what nutrition you want and how you want it to taste. I recommend using whatever is in season. I wouldn't try to just throw things together and hope for the best if you are just starting. Following a recipe will usually give you better results in regards to texture and taste. I am biased, but do recommend adding moringa leaf powder to any smoothie since it doesn't effect the taste and only 2 grams are needed to supercharge your smoothies with an impressive range of nutrients.
Do you have any tips not listed here on how to get the nutrition you need? Let us know in the comments!