For many people, starting a medical weight loss plan provokes a bit of anxiety regarding food. You might worry that you will have to learn a whole new way of preparing meals, or that your schedule will be completely disrupted by complicated recipes.
Luckily, this doesn’t have to be true. While you will certainly learn some new lessons regarding nutrition and food preparation, in many cases you can simply tweak your favorite recipes just slightly to add more nutrition to your regimen. These three “food hacks” are good examples of simple changes that can make common dishes more nutritious.
Toss black beans into your salsa. Salsa can be an incredibly versatile condiment, topping everything from nachos, to scrambled eggs, to a baked potato. Adding black beans will help you include more fiber and protein in your meals, plus lysine and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
Mix a handful of berries into your favorite yogurt. Yogurt makes the perfect snack when you’re following a medical weight loss plan. It’s high in protein, the probiotics promote a healthy gut, and the cool creamy flavor is satisfying. Toss a handful of berries into your favorite plain yogurt, and you can reap the benefits of of antioxidants, too. Plus, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying dessert as a snack!
Add leafy greens to your eggs. Leafy greens should be a part of your daily diet, and that doesn’t have to mean salads all the time. A handful of spinach or kale turns a simple omelet or a scrambled egg sandwich into a well-rounded meal, with a healthy dose of vitamins C and K.
Now that you’ve got the hang of it, what else can you do to slightly alter your favorite meals and snacks, to add more variety and nutrients to your diet? Don’t be afraid to experiment; you might just discover a new favorite dish. And if you need help tweaking your medical weight loss plan to suit your health needs and taste buds at the same time, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.