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Read the ingredients label and look for the following sources to be listed first:. Nuts are a great source of heart -healthy fatty acids. Canned tuna and chicken are great protein add-ons for soups, salads, and sandwiches -- no cooking necessary.
Packed with vitamins , minerals, and fiber, veggies like broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and peppers are a terrific source of high-quality carbs. Because these low-calorie, nutritious veggies have a low impact on blood sugar, they can be a key part of your meals.
If your produce goes bad before you have a chance to finish it, buy frozen instead. Whole, unsweetened berries are full of antioxidants, vitamins , and fiber. Buy them fresh or frozen and use them to boost the flavor of salads, smoothies, or cereal. The pulp in oranges and grapefruit are a great source of fiber. Canned fruit can be great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
Spreading out foods across three meals each day -- and snacks if you want them -- can go a long way toward steady blood sugar levels. Try to eat roughly the same amount of calories every day.
Regulating the amount of calories you eat on a day-to-day basis has an impact on your blood sugar levels. Since restaurant portions tend to be huge, Bennett suggests you ask for a to-go box when the food comes and pack half your plate away before you take the first bite. Read the ingredients label and look for the following sources to be listed first: Bake with whole wheat flour instead of white.
Start the day with a half-cup of high-fiber bran cereal. Make a sandwich on whole-grain bread. Try recipes that use less-common whole grains like barley or bulgur. Continued Healthy Fats Nuts are a great source of heart -healthy fatty acids. WebMD archives content after 2 years to ensure our readers can easily find the most timely content.
To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. Stroll down any supermarket frozen food aisle and the evidence is clear: Beyond the old-standard TV dinners, you'll find ethnic especially Asian , vegetarian, low-calorie, supersized, natural, and organic meals.
The challenge is to find frozen meals that you enjoy, that will satisfy your hunger , and won't sabotage your weight loss efforts. There is no getting around it. When selecting a frozen meal, you'll need to read the " nutrition facts" panel on the package to make sure your choice is a healthy one. So allow yourself a little extra time on the frozen-foods aisle or use my handy list of picks below.
Weight Loss Clinic eating plans prescribe two levels of frozen meals: Jot these numbers down and refer to them when checking labels.
Of course, whenever possible, it's best to select a lighter frozen meal, with fewer calories and fat. Here's a label-reading tip: Make sure you check the portion size, listed on the very top of the nutrition label. Some crafty manufacturers measure a portion as something less than the entire contents of the box. As a general rule, look for entrees that include plenty of vegetables.
These tend to be lower in calories and higher in vitamins and minerals as well as fiber which helps fill you up. Opt for brown rice or whole grains whenever possible, and choose lean meat, fish, or chicken. Some frozen dinners are loaded with fat, sodium, and calories. But there are no guarantees. You still need to read the label to be certain. If you're watching sodium, be especially careful about frozen meals.