Happy New Year! We are now just starting 2021 after a challenging 2020 we love to forget, and that means it’s time to think about making healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle in 2021. We have had a challenging year both mentally and physically, and thus one of the best things we should consider now is how we can choose a healthy lifestyle in 2021. In the year 2020, we have had to dramatically shift our everyday healthy habits and behaviors. Our priorities had to change. 2021 is just around the corner, and you may wonder what you need to do to choose a healthy lifestyle. Here are several healthy eating tips for leading a healthy lifestyle in 2021.
Let your meals include carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
Eating a healthy balanced diet is the best thing you can do for yourself in 2021. Eating meals that contain the right amounts of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fat, and fiber will ensure you’re fuller for longer and thus you won’t have to snack every time. Eat a balanced substantial breakfast and you will feel more energized to take on the day.
There are great Nigerian foods that will keep you fueled up for that early morning workout and keep you energized to tackle your day. For instance, boiled plantains and stew make up a perfect breakfast.
For lunch, you might want to try jollof rice, a very popular Nigerian food that’s yummy and rich in taste. You can eat plain or with chicken, plantains or even some vegetables.
Try a simple formula for every meal
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be very simple and interesting. All you have to do is build your meals on a simple formula that involves vegetables, protein, and some carbs. Think about beans, pasta or whole wheat, yams, chicken, fish, eggs, and all kinds of vegetables. You can enjoy Ewa Agoyin, one of the best Nigerian foods, which is simply mashed steamed beans with pepper sauce. This can be enjoyed with a starch like boiled yam, bread, or plantains. You can also have a few types of vegetables on the side.
Moi Moi is another great Nigerian food, which is a healthy source of protein, fiber, healthy fat, and other nutrients. You can enjoy it as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Create time for a full meal
Creating time for a full meal such as breakfast, lunch or dinner is very important when it comes to making healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle. This will help you avoid mindless snacking that’s associated with eating uncontrolled portions of meals.
However, if you have to snack, you must treat every snack as a meal and ensure that every snack is healthy. Go for options that contain chopped vegetables, nuts, and fruits. Some of the healthy Nigerian snacks include Okpa that’s rich in protein, Moi Moi that’s made from beans and assorted spices, and Akara that’s rich in fiber and protein.
Have a meal plan
Create a meal plan that will guide you with eating healthy meals throughout the week and avoid unnecessary purchases. Creating a meal plan should be a habit and it will make it easier to eat balanced meals every time.
Now that you know how to make healthy eating choices for a healthy lifestyle, you can enter 2021 feeling prepared to prioritize your overall wellbeing and even inspired to try the wide variety of healthy Nigerian foods.
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