The science of nutrition is clearly changing, knowledge on the subject is growing, and everyone has differing opinions on the subject. However, views merge to actually agree on some facts as far as healthy eating is concerned. To live and stay healthy you need to bring energy to your brain, to your muscles, to tissues and to your organs with carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and water. You also need to keep your metabolism and your organs properly running with minerals and vitamins intakes.
If you don’t have specific nutritional needs, I would say that making a healthy meal will simply involve a combination of several elements such as your selection of food products, some healthy ingredients, and your choice of cooking method.
With all this in mind, this is my advice:
– Eat vegetables and foods which are rich in complex carbohydrates: green leaf vegies, cruciferous-type vegies (cabbages, broccoli…), vegetables which are in season, legumes, rice, pasta, quinoa, cereals, etc…
– Eat fruits! Give priority to eating raw fresh fruits. Rich in fibre, they are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants so essential to your body
– Eat very little processed foods
– Lower your salt consumption by adding fresh herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of your dishes
– Avoid using added-sugar products
– Avoid eating meat too often and choose lean meats in priority, as well as eggs.
– Choose food products rich in good fats such as fresh or canned fish, some oils, nuts, and seeds, and wholewheat grains
– Low temperature cooking or steam cooking are best when possible. Grilled fish or meat are good too.
– Use unsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, flaxseed or camelina oil.
In conclusion, the more we choose to regularly eat these types of foods in reasonable quantities, the better chance we’ll have to avoid the bad and unnecessary foods (I am sure you see what I mean !…)