Have you heard the latest buzzword for healthy eating?
No, not low-fat or low-calorie but “nutrient rich.”
What does “nutrient-rich” eating mean?
It means you can have 2 foods that have the same amount of calories yet be vastly different in their nutrients. The new trend today is to not only keep your intake of calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium under control but also to eat in a “nutrient rich” way.
Here is an example of 2 food choices that both have 100 calories but are very different in their nutrients. A 100 calorie pack of Twinkie Bites and a pint of strawberries both contain 100 calories. The difference lies in the nutrients. The Twinkie Bites have a long list of processed, refined ingredients or empty calories. The strawberries are packed with fiber, vitamin C, folate, and potassium.
Here are some tips to enhance your diet and make it more nutrient-rich:
Aim for more whole foods like fresh produce and meats.
Fill your plate with lots of bright colored fruits and vegetables.
Choose whole grain bread, side dishes and cereals.
Add a variety of nutrient-rich legumes like lentils as a protein source for your meal.
Steel-cut oatmeal with fruit and nuts and low-fat milk makes a “nutrient rich” breakfast.
Make your food choices “nutrient rich!”