Go for Whole Grains
We Filipinos love our grains, from bread to rice, so we think no meal would be complete without it. If you want to continue eating grains without the typical carbohydrates that come with it, whole grains are your best choice. Whole grains are packed full of fiber and are also low in fat, as well as calories.
Instead of white bread or white rice, why not opt for whole grain bread or brown rice? Another good alternative is to substitute cereals with oatmeal. You can also opt for whole wheat pasta instead of the white one that’s more commonly used in local dishes. If you bake, you can also substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour as well.
Have More of Fruits and Vegetables
We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but sometimes it can be hard to integrate into our daily meals especially if someone in the family is a picky eater. To make fruits more delectable, you can make it into a dessert such as fruit salad. This way, you and your kids can enjoy it in an entirely new different way.
For vegetables, you can use it to add flavor to your favorite Filipino dishes. High in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you can’t go wrong by adding it to your daily meals. The best way to cook it is to steam it or add it as part of another dish like nilaga, sinigang, or tinola.
Eat Meat in Moderation
Meat is an excellent source of protein. However, anything that’s too much will no doubt be bad for you or your family’s health. Make sure that you eat just the right portion every meal. Typically, about 10 to 15 grams of meat is the ideal weight you should consume in every meal.
Another way to help you eat meat in moderation is to substitute it with fish. Don’t make meat an every meal occurrence. Maybe for breakfast you can have chicken, then fish for lunch and pork for dinner. Try a variation of this and you’re pretty much all set.