What Makes a Food Healthy?
This may seem like a very simple question, but it’s not. There are the basics of nutrition, and then there are a million different versions of what may work in an individual’s lifestyle. As a nutrition coach, here are the basics that I look for in the ingredients of a healthy recipe:
They contain lots of nutrients from real, whole foods.
They do not include anything processed or any “food-like products”.
They are not loaded with excessive calories from fats, even healthy ones.
They are not loaded with sugar, even “natural” or “clean” sugars.
Of course there is nothing wrong with making a recipe every now and then that breaks one of these rules, but if you’re looking for healthy foods to make for you and your family on a regular basis, then let the above criteria be your basic guideline the majority of the time. If you’re following a paleo lifestyle, a vegetarian lifestyle, etc. then add your own criteria ON TOP OF these to customize your eating plan.