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Tips for Health-Conscious Eating

Tips from Marie O’Brien, NBC-HWC, Chef and Wellness Coach from RealFood FIXx

Avoid highly processed foods. Breakfast can be an easy place to start. Replace sugary breakfast cereals, pastries and packaged foods with more nutrient dense alternatives like oatmeal, chia pudding, boiled egg bowl or whole-grain avocado toast.

Consume more whole foods. Consuming more whole foods over processed foods will have a ton of health benefits. Whole foods include meat, fish, chicken, eggs, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts. Ditch processed condiments by seasoning with herbs, spices, alliums, ginger and citrus.

Increase water intake. Simply increasing your water intake can improve all aspects of your health, and you may even notice an improvement in digestion, performance, concentration and mood.

Reduce sugar consumption. Try replacing sugary drinks with unsweetened teas, plain seltzer or fruit-infused water, and replace some of your favorite sweet snacks with dark chocolate, fruit or other healthy snacks. Including more sweet vegetables in your meals may help reduce sweet cravings.

Introduce more whole grains. Swap out white rice for brown rice or quinoa, or replace white bread and white pasta with minimally processed whole-grain breads and pastas.

Cook with healthy fats. Use healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil to improve the nutritional value of your meals and avoid the health risks associated with highly processed oils like common vegetable oils.

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