Whenever people come to me for nutrition advice, here are my top 5 tips that I give:
While I am thrilled that the government kicked the food pyramid to the curb and replaced it with MyPlate, it still leaves a little to be desired. For example, a large iceberg lettuce salad with a small hamburger and a milkshake technically satisfies MyPlate… but that probably isn’t the epitome of health. The wonderful people at Harvard put their own twist on MyPlate and came up with some more guidelines.
2) BREAKFAST. In teaching nutrition at UC Berkeley, I was shocked to find out how few students eat breakfast. Their first “meal” of the day may be a mid morning candy bar. My go to breakfast:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (I buy the organic farmers porridge at Berkeley Bowl that has oats, barley oats, kamut oats, almonds, and walnuts)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 banana
- almond milk
But check out some of my other breakfast recipes to find something else that tickles your early morning tastebuds!
3) Vegetables are your friend! A variety of vegetables should be the base of every meal. I will beef this up later (pun entirely intended) with scientific data supporting a plant-based diet.
4) WATER. You should be drinking water with every meal and throughout the day.
5) Avoid processed food like it is the plague. I don’t care if the processed food promised to be more nutritious and has “added this” and “added that.” We are not smarter than nature, so we can’t really improve on what nature has done. So try to eat food in the form that most closely resembles how they came out of the ground.