Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Meals Healthier

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Many people would like to have a healthier diet but are unsure where to start. However, there are lots of simple, small changes you can make to your meals to make them healthier. Try some of these easy tips.

1) Use Good Fats

Cook with unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, rather than saturated fats like butter. Olive oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils you can use, as it’s rich in vitamin E and other compounds with can be beneficial to cholesterol levels.

2) Choose Wholegrains

Refined grains are milled, which strips them of many of their beneficial nutrients, including fibre, so opt for wholegrains instead. Wholegrains are great sources of fibre and various other nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.

3) Choose Low-Fat Dairy

Replacing whole-milk dairy products with low-fat alternatives is an easy way to ensure you get the calcium you need while cutting down on saturated fat.

4) Always Include Veg

A healthy, balanced diet must include plenty of vegetables. Make sure they’re a part of all of your meals, whether they’re the main part or a side. Pick produce in a variety of colours to get a good, wide range of vitamins and other nutrients.

5) Try Meat-Free Meals

Meat is a great source of protein but in many people’s diets, it’s the biggest source of saturated fat. Pick one day each week to go meat-free. This will cut down your saturated fat intake and encourage you to eat more vegetables.

6) Keep Portion Sizes Reasonable

Avoiding overly large portion sizes is a simple step you can take to keep your calorie intake at a healthy level. Try not to cook more than you need, and if you do, save some to use for another meal the next day. Avoid serving your food on large plates, which are known to encourage people to eat more.

Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean changing your whole diet – small changes can have a big impact. You may simply need to downsize your portions slightly, or swap a few unhealthy ingredients for very similar but more nutritious ones.

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