Nutritionists are experts in healthy eating, so you can be sure that whatever they eat is good for your health, as they have been professionaly trained in this. However, while we may easily think that all that nutritionists eat are “obviously good foods” like salads, roasted vegetables and smoothies, they also know how not to classify foods as good or bad. This is simply saying that you shouldn’t see yourself as bad for eating a pizza and good for eating vegetables.
The guidelines for a healthy diet are constantly changing, which make some foods that have initially gotten a bad reputation, great for a healthy diet. Here are some of these foods.
Potatoes used to be classified along with other carb foods and were often ignored by those who wanted a healthy diet. Over the years, studies have shown that this not true, as potatoes contain other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, potassium and fiber. They also contain resistance starch that increases satiety because the body does not digest and absorb it. You can even bake your potatoes and it won’t derail your diet. All you need to do is choose a small amount of one or two of your favorites, and then load the remaining part of your plate with vegetables.
Pasta may be that meal with a lot of carbohydrates but you really don’t have to ignore it completely. You can be a little choosy by opting for whole grain pasta which is a great source of energy and fiber. You can also match same amounts of pasta and vegetables on your plate if you plan to be eating pasta regularly. Onions, peppers, zucchini, spinach and broccoli are perfect vegetables that can pair well with your dishes. Top up your meal with healthy fats and lean proteins for added benefits.
Eggs have generally gotten a bad rap, that some people will rather opt for the egg whites only and not the yolk. An average whole egg contains 6 grams of proteins and 70 calories, which includes the yolk. The yolk itself is a rich source of choline, an anti-inflammatory nutrient that helps to protect the body against neurological diseases and also produce happy chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
Eggs are healthy and taking out the yoke will only be reducing its benefits. Making omelets with cheese and butter are what’s not healthy, because you’ve added other unhealthy ingredients like cheese and butter. You can rather fry your omelet with extra virgin olive oil and add some vegetables to it to make it just great.
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