One of the key pieces of the puzzle when it comes to weight management is calorie consumption. Another is combating the hunger that can accompany that reduced calorie load. Add to that the concern that you are getting enough nutrients and it can be a difficult road to navigate. The good news is there is a simple way to begin–add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
One of the reasons this is so important is that fruits and vegetables can substitute in for “bad” foods that are high in fat and sugar. Since foods such as apples and celery have fewer overall calories, you will automatically be saving in that respect. The added benefits are that the fiber in these food items helps you feel full, and these foods are full of nutrients as well.
Try not to restrict fruits and vegetables to snacks–they can also function as the main component of a meal. Feel free to think outside the box by making veggie sandwiches or concocting an exotic fruit salad for lunch. For dinner, you can steam or stir fry a variety of veggies to serve with a lean protien such as chicken or fish. Over time, you’ll find some favorites that can function as staples in your meal plan.