During the 1950s, there was an extremely powerful Power Builder named Bruce Randall who at one point was up to 450 pounds. Then, when Bruce decided to become a ripped bodybuilder (he won the 1959 Mr. Universe Competition) and went from 450 pounds and eating 15,000 calories a day to a chiselled 183 pounds. What’s that about when you have to add variety to your diet. Well, Bruce went from blimp to ripped by taking one spoonful of less food each and every day. And the same may be applied to add variety to your diet. Instead of making drastic changes, make small but incremental changes, and soon you will have a very great diet.
#1. Spice things up
Most people who complain about eating healthy foods, including vegetables, complain that the foods are too bland.
Use chili pepper, cayenne pepper, and homemade salad dressings with plenty of herbs such as rosemary and oregano. Consider using nutritional yeast to spice up pasta dishes without adding a ton of calories.
#2. Add yogurt
Consider opting for probiotic yogurt to supplement your diet for example. Probiotics fill your digestive system with good bacteria that help you function.
#3. Eat the rainbow
What does this mean? If you aim to add a few colored fruits and vegetables at each meal and also add colored fruits or vegetables for a snack, you’ll actually be eating a great variety of foods without the need for a nutrition or diet book.
Whenever you go shopping at the grocery store, remember to select fruits and vegetables that have a variety of colors, and eating a healthful diet is quite easy.
#4. Eat at home
Let’s face it, it’s very difficult to eat great at a restaurant. As a consequence, consider packing your own meals for lunch at work, and at night, cook for yourself.
Not only will you save money, but your diet will tend to have fewer fats, sugars, and oils.
Of course, this all depends upon you going to the grocery store to buy food. But if you hit the grocery store twice a week and buy the better foods, your diet will become much better.
#5. Mix and match plant and animal protein
Most people eat far too much animal protein to have a great diet. Lentils, black beans, hemp, chia, and flax seeds can be fantastic additions to your diet.
Experiment and see how creative you can be.
#6. Eat oily fish
Salmon, herring, perch, rainbow trout, and mackerel are great seafood to eat because they add vital omega-3 fatty acids to your diet which have been shown to decrease inflammation in the body and can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Aim to eat oily fish at least twice a week, but definitely bake or broil them. You destroy most of the health benefits by frying fish.
#7. Consider dairy alternatives
Although dairy is generally considered to be great when we are young, as we get older the amount of saturated fat in dairy is very problematic as it can contribute to both heart disease and diabetes, and even possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
However, by adding unsweetened coconut milk to your coffee instead of cream, drinking cashew milk instead of cow’s milk, and banana rice ice cream instead of regular ice cream, you can enjoy all the joys of dairy without the health risks.