When I took nutrition courses in college, food became so technical. It was complicated and really science-y. Even after my college courses were over, I would come across nutrition books and eating plans that were still really complicated. It seemed like in order to eat healthy, you had to have a master's degree to figure it out and a lot of money. (Because, let's be honest...healthy eating feels so expensive!)
But what if we made it really easy...like stupid easy? Not all of us want to get a nutrition degree, nor do we want to spend $300 a week on spelt. We just want a clear plan on how to eat better.
So what are the staples of a good, nutritious diet? The foundation of every meal should be protein and fruits and vegetables. If you simply focused on including these items in every meal you would lose body fat and carry a leaner frame, have more energy, become more resistant to illnesses and disease, and experience a deeper level of health. Who doesn’t want all that?!
To keep it simple to remember, I came up with the catchphrase “eat your PRO’s!” This helps you remember that with every meal you should be eating some PROduce and PROtein. Super easy to remember, right?
Now, let’s break it down and learn WHY we need to be focusing so much on the PRO’s… (just a teensy bit of the science, ok?)
Fruits and Vegetables (PROduce)
The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are plenty. I think we had it drilled into us by 4th grade that we need to be eating our fruits and vegetables. Here are some of the reasons why they are so darn good for you:
Now that we know how healthy fruit and vegetables are, here are your daily PROduce recommendations:
The other half of the “PRO” equation is protein. Let’s learn a bit about the benefits of eating adequate protein:
So, here is what you need to be shooting for when eating your PROtein:
Don’t make nutritious eating complicated. If you can focus on and master eating your PRO’s with every meal, you will do remarkably well. And it’s helpful to know why you should be eating plenty of produce and protein. So the next time you have that big, leafy steak salad you can be confident knowing it’s going to work for your body. Eat your PRO’s!