Having a balanced and healthy lifestyle means getting just the right amount of nutrients into your system every day. The proportion of carbohydrates, protein, fats and minerals that you should be getting in your meals and snacks is important in maintaining a healthy physique. Vitamins in particular can be difficult to ascertain as vitamin-rich foods are not as easily identifiable as carbohydrate or protein dense foods. However, as a general guideline, eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables will no doubt ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients into your system.
Fruits of all types are jam-packed full of minerals and anti-oxidants. Berries such as strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and goji berries are loaded with essential vitamins that will support a fully functioning immune system, digestive tract and strong bones among a host of other body benefits. On the other side of the fruit spectrum are fruits like apples, bananas, melon, pineapple and grapefruit which are full of nutrients like potassium, multi-vitamins and cleansing properties which help to flush out toxins and promote general wellbeing. If you are short on time or don’t like to eat fruit, then smoothies are a fantastic way to top-up your fruit intake. Early morning blended fruit drinks like banana and berries mixed with natural yoghurt and fruit juice are a great start to the day in terms of optimal nutrition.
Vegetables are another fantastic way to get nutrients into your diet. The best are green – cabbage, broccoli, kale, leek, celery, spinach and lettuce varieties are absolutely brimming full of essential properties among other dietary necessities. So salads, soups and vegetable side dishes are a great way to supplement your meals in order to get maximum vitamin intake.
In addition to fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds of all varieties are also great sources of nutrition. By snacking on these in between meals you will ensure that you are getting all the nutrition your body needs to stay healthy and fully functioning.
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