How To Start A Healthy Lifestyle?+ FREE Minestrone Soup Recipe
Healthy Lifestyle Journey Start: If you think that you don’t know how to eat healthier and you feel that you don’t understand nutrition regarding healthy eating in order to start to live a healthier lifestyle, in this post, you will find some basic guideline for your journey.
With a little knowledge, anyone can start on the road to good health. You can also find other blog posts related to healthy eating on my website
Healthy eating is essential for maintaining proper body function, having energy and vitality and for living a disease-free life. For those who have trouble with healthy eating, breaking unhealthy habits could be the most challenging aspect of the process. But, for those who want to live the best lifestyle possible, it is essential to adhere to a proper diet and stick with it for the long term.
A great starting step when you wish to begin a healthy eating plan is to rid your home of bad foods. What are bad foods? A good place to start is with anything that is processed, this includes, cookies and soda. Processed, packaged foods typically have little in the way of the nutrients the body needs.
Keeping junk food and drinks out of your kitchen can help to prevent temptation. Instead, stock your kitchen with healthy snacks, such as carrot sticks, fruit, cheese, yogurts, and various whole wheat products, like crackers and rice cakes.
For those who have a sweet tooth many nutrition bars are available that have much less sugar than candy and cookies, these include, Atkins Bars in a variety of flavors, including, Brownies, they taste great and have zero sugar.
What is healthy lifestyle? What do healthy meals include? Lean proteins, and healthy carb sides, including whole grain starches and vegetables. Also, fruit is an excellent choice for dessert. Overall, a healthy eating plan includes the recommended daily allowances from all the food groups, and when you look at that chart, please notice that sugar is nowhere on the chart.
One more step in learning to eat a more nutritious diet is to take the time to learn which foods are the healthiest and how they work in the body. It’s common knowledge that fruits, vegetables, low-fat and skim dairy products are healthy, but, few individuals fully grasp why. The secret is understanding nutrients.
Once you appreciate how specific nutrients work in the body, you’ll be more prone to make these healthy choices at meal and snack times. Knowledge is power!
Cook At Home
Control the ingredients and the cooking methods, and you control your health. Don’t leave it to chance and make sure that you prepare the best meals for you and your family.
Changing how you eat is always a great step towards healthy eating, and it will affect how your body performs. The healthier you eat, you better you’ll feel.
When beginning a new healthy diet, it’s also wise to consider a consistent meal schedule. If you frequently eat in a rush or at odd times of day, it is likely you aren’t eating healthy foods. Many people have very busy lives, and eating junk and fast food on the go is typical. It’s important to plan. Rather than grabbing a fast food lunch on the run, take a bagged lunch to work, possibly a tuna salad sandwich on whole wheat or a fresh salad. The weekend is an excellent time to plan for the week, and prep food that can be used easily throughout the week.
Plan for healthy dinners as well, by cooking ahead of time and using the freezer to its fullest advantage. There are many healthy frozen meals available at the market as well, and be a good alternative for those who really cannot cook. These include Healthy Choice among others.
Shop The Periphery Of The Market
Did you know that the periphery of any supermarket has all the healthy foods, while the inside aisles carry all the processed and unhealthy ones? Think about it, the produce aisle, the fresh meats, and the dairy products are all on the periphery. Next time you are at the market take a stroll and look around the periphery to see what is there.
Begin with small steps. Even if you merely substitute one soda a day with a glass of water or one candy bar with an apple, it counts. If you usually eat fast food each day for lunch, try eating a healthy meal instead of half of the time. When you begin with tiny steps, it won’t feel too drastic and you can take your time to find out about healthy foods which you can learn to love in the long run.
Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula
This satisfying minestrone features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available.
Tip: For best results, cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- Cook time: 50-55 minutes
- Serves: 6-8
- 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
- 3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 28-oz. can petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 c. organic vegetable broth* 2 whole bay leaves
- 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped (or 1 t. dried)
- 1 T. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 t. dried)
- 1 T. fresh oregano leaves (or 1 t. dried)
- ½ T. crushed red pepper flakes
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Optional: 3” Parmesan cheese rind
- 2 c. Fusilli pasta
- 2 c. fresh green beans, cut into ½” pieces
- 2 c. fresh arugula
- Optional Garnish: ¼ c. fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- * Use additional vegetable broth to reach desired consistency if needed
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Sauté garlic, occasionally stirring, for 2-3 minutes or just until garlic starts to turn golden brown.
- Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are soft and tender.
- Add diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, 4 cups vegetable broth, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to a pot and stir to combine.
- Add Parmesan cheese rind, if desired, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
- While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining pasta.
- Rinse pasta and transfer to a medium bowl and toss with remaining olive oil. Cover and set aside.
Remove cover from the pot or Dutch oven and add green beans and the reserved pasta cooking liquid.
- Stir to combine and continue cooking, uncovered, another 20-25 minutes or until green beans are crisp-tender.
- Add arugula and additional vegetable broth, if needed, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until arugula begins to wilt.
To serve, divide cooked pasta among individual serving bowls and top with hot soup. Top with chopped parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with crusty bread and/or a crisp, green side salad for a hearty meal.