One of the best gifts we can give to ourselves is HEALTH. In this pandemic era “choosing & following healthy food habits” is a need of the hour irrespective of how hectic our life gets.
Instilling healthy food habits doesn’t mean we have to restrict ourselves from our carvings or stick to boring salads, briny green teas, bitter juices, or bland soups.
It is all about maintaining a well-balanced diet by making petite changes in terms of cooking habits and food preferences.
Following are the 5 healthy food habits one MUST FOLLOW to achieve holistic health.
Switch to Healthy Cooking Oil:
Cooking oil plays a prominent role in defining our health. Nutritionists recommend changing cooking oils often so our body acquires all the essential nutrients which one type of oil can’t provide. Major households are obsolete about refined oils harmful effects on their family’s health.
The reason refined oils are harmful is they are extracted at high temperatures. As seeds and nuts are exposed to high heat they lose their nutritional value, aroma and flavours making the oil an unhealthy consumption.
Whereas Cold pressed oil is extracted at room temperature ensuring all essential nutrients remain intact hence making it healthier cooking oil.
Cold-pressed sesame oil, coconut oil, groundnut oil, etc., are a few examples of healthy cold-pressed cooking oils that one should be using.
Use Chakki Fresh Atta than Processed Packed Atta:
Being a major source of starch and energy, chakki fresh atta (whole wheat flour) is a staple food item in our diet.
Markets are filled with industrially processed wheat flour which is full of chemicals and preservatives with zero nutritional value. The quality of this flour gets severely compromised in the milling process as they eliminate the most nutritious part of the grain (bran) for the sake of good texture.
In traditionally processed chakki fresh atta finest quality grains are used and no bran is removed while milling it. Being free from any chemicals & preservatives this atta retains all its nutrients and proves to be a healthy choice for packed atta.
Replace Honey with Refined Sugar:
High intake of sugar regularly can cause weight gain, increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Hence, it is suggested to avoid excess intake of sugar in one’s diet.
Honey is an ideal sugar substitute. Being rich with natural antioxidants real honey contains glucose, fructose & minerals helping immensely to keep blood sugar levels under check. Honey helps in lowering total cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.
Always prefer honey over refined sugar for a healthier you.
Use Adulterate Free Spice
Much known for adding flavour and aroma in our dishes, spices have infinite health benefits. Spices like turmeric powder (Haldi) work great as antiseptic, red chilli powder (lal mirch masala) promotes digestive health, cumin powder (jeera) prevents foodborne illness & coriander powder (dhaniya) has immune-boosting antioxidants.
For commercial benefits, even spices get adulterated with a high percentage of residual pesticides. Today getting the best quality spices in India has become a herculean task.
Add TOFU in your Diet:
Made from soybean curd it is naturally gluten-free and low in calories. TOFU is also a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.
The best part about soya tofu is it does not raise bad cholesterol (LDL) which makes it a healthier option and an ideal replacement for paneer.
Following these food habits will deliver a healthy mind, body, and soul. Buying 100% natural products is easy now, Healthy roots promote traditional ways of processing food without any chemical & preservatives providing pure and healthy products to us.