The Value of Nutrient-Dense Food Choices

When working to reduce your weight with healthy eating and exercise it’s important to choose foods with strong protein and fiber content provides energy for any activity level. You’ll feel less hungry when nutritional needs are satisfied with healthy foods instead of sugary or salty snacks that keep you wanting more. Increasing foods with high potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins A, C and E in your diet is an ideal goal.

Hikers and people on the go make high nutrient snacks of whole-wheat crackers (4 crackers, 68 calories), tuna fish (3 oz., 99 calories),  cheddar cheese (1 oz., 49 calories), raw carrots sticks (1 cup, 45 calories) and cherry tomatoes (10 tomatoes, 30 calories). These healthy foods can boost your level of iron, protein, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and/or vitamins A, C and E. Apples (whole fruit, 72 calories) and applesauce are strong sources of fiber and vitamin C. Served with peanut butter (1 tbsp., 94 calories), apples make a high nutrient snack to help satisfy protein, iron, potassium and magnesium DVs.

For healthy eating the focus should be on nutrient-dense, animal-source foods containing rich sources of natural, healthy fat and moderate amounts of protein. Quality nutrient density is key here. Adding bulk with sufficient quantities of fibrous, antioxidant-rich vegetables fills out most nutrient requirements nicely and staves off deficiencies, feelings of deprivation, and hunger. Done correctly, this approach to diet actually maximizes your body’s repair and regenerative potential, boosts your healthy immune function, allows for easy loss of unwanted weight, and eliminates hunger.

In Denver for a selection of nutrient-dense entrees made from scratch, please visit GoBistro at http://www.mygobistro.com. Delivery in central Denver is available.

December 15, 2015 • Blog