If you find yourself eating the same dull things every day, it may be time to mix it up and take your diet up a notch. We are constantly scrolling through Pinterest looking up recipes and pinning them to our boards, but how often is it that we start trying new things. The best way is to start small and ramp up what you already got.

 

If weight loss is one of your goals, or if you are simply looking to increase the nutrient density of your meals for health purposes, the best place to start is by switching out some ingredients instead of taking them out and having no replacement. For example, toss the processed foods that you buy in packages and start eating natural, whole foods that have phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. As a result, you won’t even feel that you are missing some of the less-healthy things.

1. Start with Nutrient-Dense Foods

As mentioned above, the first step is to pack your refrigerator with the foods that make you feel good and look good. These are considered to be nutrient dense leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and arugula instead of iceberg lettuce. Another easy swap would be your sugar-filled protein bars with some raw mixed nuts. Heading over to the pantry, you can take out the packaged and processed products that have been hiding in there and replace them with nutrient-dense whole grains. That would include, quinoa, buckwheat, and barley. Ditch the dried fruit and replace it with some green apples, fresh berries, and pomegranates.

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