Updated: Oct 26, 2018
The secret to an amazing diet? Nutrient dense foods! Foods that are nutrient dense are vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, seeds, and nuts. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, healthy protein, and healthy carbohydrates. The best part is that usually these foods are lower in calories.
How do you know if your diet is mostly comprised of foods that are not nutrient dense? You are eating things that are mostly processed- white breads, white pastas, white crackers, hard cheeses, marbled meats, deli meat, fried foods, fast foods, and frozen meals. If you eat something that mostly comes from a box or doesn't have any real foods in it then it's probably not nutrient dense!
How do you incorporate more nutrient dense foods into your diet? I recommend trying to get at least 1-2 servings of fruits and vegetables per meal. A servings is usually 1 cup.
You can eat chia pudding and add in some nuts and fruit for breakfast. For lunch you could have a wrap with your favorite protein and add in spinach, avocado, tomato, cucumbers, red onion, carrots, and some hummus. For dinner you can have a vegetable stir fry with brown rice and asian mixed veggies.
These are just some of the recommendations to incorporate more nutrient dense foods!