Healthy Eating Habits Start with Complete Proteins Like Pistachios
As many Americans around the country are practicing safe social distancing, many are adjusting to a new normal of staying at home. One of the biggest challenges people face is how to maintain a healthy diet despite all of the new routines, schedules, stress, financial challenges, and potential distractions. Making some major changes, like overhauling your diet while working from home, can be overwhelming and incredibly difficult to follow through on. Ignore fads, trending tips, and conflicting messages. Here are some key tips to kick off your healthy eating habits and avoid adding those unwanted pounds while at home:
1. EAT A BALANCED BREAKFAST EVERY DAY
Starting the day with a complete protein, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables will set the tone for the day. Protein and carbs help kick start the metabolism and fuel the brain. Studies show we’re less likely to eat later on in the day when we don't skip breakfast. Including complete proteins at breakfast can help supply the body with the amino acids necessary to maintain both muscle strength and the immune system. Plant-based proteins, like pistachios, can be a great way to start the morning. New research shows that roasted pistachios contain all of the essential amino acids in adequate amounts qualifying them as a “complete protein.” Include them in a favorite smoothie or in oatmeal for an added protein boost.
2. FILL HALF THE PLATE WITH VEGETABLES AT EVERY MEAL
Everyone could use more vegetables because they satiate the appetite and thus help prevent overeating. Plus, they also contain a load of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to help your body operate optimally.
3. PLAN AHEAD
Instead of eating out during the week, try taking a few hours every weekend to meal prep for the week. This will help save money and calories.
4. DON'T BACKLOAD CALORIES
Eat the biggest meals around the most active times (for most people that's breakfast and lunch), then taper the caloric intake during less active times (usually dinnertime). This way, calories burn off when they are needed for energy, not when there isn’t as much activity, like later in the day and before sleeping.
5. FOLLOW THE 80/20 RULE
Eating favorite foods—the ones that are loved most —are okay, but just in moderation. The 80/20 rule is a fueling plan that calls for 80 percent healthy food and 20 percent of foods that are enjoyed the most.