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You make a conscious effort to eat the most healthful diet that you can. But hectic schedules sometimes leave little time to prepare the kind of wholesome, healthy meals you’d like to make. Or so you think. We’ve compiled some tips to help you save some time preparing meals without sacrificing nutrition or taste.
Multiply your recipe times two. The next time you make a big pot of healthy soup or chili or a batch of burritos, make double the amount you usually make. Store the second batch in individual size containers in the freezer, so when you’re in a pinch, just re-heat and serve.
Chop ahead of time. Save valuable prep time by chopping veggies in advance and storing in the fridge. Take them out as needed when cooking, making salads, or looking for a healthy snack. As an alternative, you can purchase vegetables pre-chopped at the supermarket.
Plan in advance. Avoid making hasty meal decisions that may result in less healthy choices and plan your weekday meals over the weekend.
Get your veggie and pasta fix in one. The next time you’re craving a pasta dish, try using spinach pasta. It has twice the potassium and folic acid that regular pasta has, and gives you a healthy dose of beta-carotene.
Get a quick fix of beans. Beans are delicious, filling, and packed with nutrients, but cooking dry beans can add considerable time to the cooking process. Opt for canned beans to add a quick, nutritious punch to soups, salads or any other dish. Just be sure to rinse them thoroughly before using.
Smooth it out. Smoothies make for a yummy and nutritious snack, or a great breakfast on the go. Just toss your favorite fruits and some low-fat yogurt in a blender with some ice (or frozen berries for an extra antioxidant punch).
Good nutrition is critical to maintaining good health. And in an ideal world, we would get all our nutrients through food. But the fact is that many Americans do not get all the nutrients they need through diet alone. Whether you often eat on the go due to a busy schedule or are restricting calories to manage your weight, a multivitamin can act as a nutritional safety net, helping to fill in nutritional gaps so that you get the vitamins and minerals you need to help maintain optimum health.* But with all the formulas available on the market, how do you choose the multivitamin that’s best for you?
Most people would benefit from a basic multivitamin formula. Look for a multi that has 100% of the Daily Value for most of the essential vitamins and minerals, particularly the following eight vitamins: thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin D and vitamin E.
Though nutritional needs are generally the same for most populations, there are certain differences to take into account when selecting a multivitamin. To account for these differences, you can search for a specialty formula geared towards your gender or age group, or just look for a basic multi that meets your specific needs.
Women who have not yet undergone menopause may want to look for a multivitamin that contains extra iron to replace iron lost during menstruation. After menopause, women have the same iron needs as men. Women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should look for a multivitamin that has at least 600mcg of folic acid. Prenatal formulas typically meet this requirement, and also have increased amounts of iron, zinc and calcium, all of which pregnant women require in higher doses.
Seniors, like pregnant women, have special nutritional needs. Individuals over the age of 50 require more calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, and less vitamin K and iron than younger adults. When looking for a multivitamin, seniors should look for a formula that meets these age-specific needs.
Finally, if you take any prescription medications, talk to your doctor before choosing a multivitamin.
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