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As children, we learnt of the food pyramid, which comprised of the carbohydrate group, vegetable group, fruit group, fat group, dairy group and protein group. If a body doesn’t receive its daily requirement of nutrients and vitamins it starts to malfunction eventually. Vitamins are as necessary for the body as other nutrients. The importance of vitamins was discovered when sailors who were away for long periods ate only food that could be preserved, such as pulses. Vegetables and fruits were generally avoided.
Carbohydrates are a source of energy more easily available to the body than the energy available from proteins or fats. Since it is easily available we tend to have an excessive intake of this nutrient, which leads to mood swings and fatigue. Fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals that too are essential. Since different fruits have different vitamins, fibers and minerals, it’s good to try and include a variety, such as trying to eat seasonal fruits available at different times of the year. In fact a fruit salad makes a quick healthy meal. Fruit juices however seem to destroy some of the nutrients present in the fruits and therefore it is advised to eat them whole. The fat group, needless to say, is the required in small quantities as compared to the other nutrients. Milk and milk products such as cheese, yoghurt, provide the much needed calcium and proteins. They also provide phosphorous and the vitamins A and D. For meat eaters, meat, poultry and sea food, which includes beef, chicken, eggs and fish provide the best source of protein. For vegetarians’, dry beans, tofu and other soy products, chick peas, legumes and nuts provide this vital nutrient. Proteins contain enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and tissue building abilities, extremely essential for the functioning, growth and repair of the body.
Healthy Meal Ideas
To incorporate all of the above in healthy diet meal plans is a difficult task faced by the housewife everyday. Eggs are a good and easy healthy meal as they can be cooked in variety of ways, including omelets, salads, sandwiches and one can even curry eggs. Some other easy healthy meal ideas include:
For desserts one can include oatmeal raisin cookies, lime pies, pies sweetened with dates, cashew mignardises and such low fat, protein laden recipes.
|Submitted on August 9, 2010|