You already know how to eat healthily – avoid packaged food, stuff that’s battered and anything that looks like it might set off an episode of diabetes…but creating a well-balanced meal is another education in itself. Each macronutrient (carbs, fats and proteins) play an essential role in the body, and one without the other can make for lower absorption of their nutritional goodness. Follow the portion recommendations below (being mindful of your own activity levels) and you’ll be getting everything your body needs to run like a well-oiled machine.
1. Fill half your plate with greens and dark leafy and/or non starchy vegetables
Fit Foodie Faves: spinach, mixed salad, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus
2. Choose a fist-sized piece of high-quality protein
Fit Foodie Faves: free-range eggs, chicken breast, turkey, tuna, prawns, salmon
3. Add ½ cup of low-GI carbohydrates
Fit Foodie Faves: pumpkin, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, lentils
4. Add a healthy fat source
Fit Foodie Faves: ½ avocado, 1 tbsp coconut oil, a handful nuts / seeds, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5. Dress it up, baby!
Finish it off with dulse flakes, herbs, pepper, fresh chills, spices and a massive squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Voila! This balance will give you better nutrient absorption, lasting fuel and one hella tasty meal. Remember how you prepare your food it just as important as what you eat – steam, poach or grill where possible, and no…you can’t smother it in mayo afterwards. #sorry.