Even though we are all about intuitive eating, during this time of year it’s important to arm ourselves with a few macro-friendly recipes that both allow us to eat intuitively and still reach our macro nutrients in your everyday nutrition.
A healthy diet throughout life means living a better life. There are multiple positive outcomes from macro nutrients in your everyday nutrition, such as; easier pregnancy, supports normal growth, development and ageing, while also helping to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
A diversified, balanced and healthy diet varies according to each person, depending on age, gender, lifestyle, degree of physical activity, cultural context and food customs.
Yet, the basic principles of what make up a healthy diet remain the same.
People who regularly eat foods high in energy, fats, free sugars or salt as well as do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and foods with whole grains are more likely to develop chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Many eating diet plans focus on changing the amount of carbohydrate, fat or protein in your diet. Carbohydrates, fat and protein are called macronutrients. They are the nutrients you use in the largest amounts. Your body needs macronutrients in larger amounts in order to function properly since macro means large. In addition, all of these nutrients provide your body with energy measured in the form of calories or kcals.
Protein is essential to many processes in the body. It provides structure to the tissue while also allowing your body to grow, build and repair tissues. That includes cell membranes, organs, muscle, hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons, ligaments and blood plasma. Meanwhile, Carbohydrates – or carbs – are the body’s primary fuel. They provide energy for your muscles and the central nervous system during movement and exercise. Fat is vital for the body as an energy reserve, for insulation and protection of your organs.
Overall, these are considered healthy, but different combinations can help you achieve different goals.
It can be hard to visualize the recommended daily amounts of macronutrients as meals. One way to do this and make sure you get a good variety of foods is to follow a plant-based diet.
Fill two-thirds of your plate with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Make the remaining one-third lean protein like chicken and fish or plant proteins like beans, quinoa or tofu.
This means you’ll need to start counting your macros. Here’s a few macro-friendly meal prep recipes that are full of flavours, nutrition and are easy to make even for beginners!
Visit our gym in St. Julian’s and reach out to one of our personal trainers so that you can start your new and balanced diet to see results! Learn how to eat better and track your progress through calorie-counting. Make an appointment today to kickstart your journey!