Proper nutrition is getting harder to get in the foods that are available these days. Products are over-processed in the interest of time. Meals in the frozen section of the grocery store are quick and easy, but do have several preservatives and artificial ingredients. Fruits and vegetables are grown with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and covered with pesticides. Fast food is cheap and filing. Drinks contain either too much caffeine, too much sugar, or too much of both. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are not always a priority and most people do not get enough of them on a daily basis.
Simple ways to increase nutrition throughout the day can help restore balance between hectic schedules and healthy eating. Cutting up celery, carrots, and cucumbers at night and keeping them in a container in the fridge can work for a quick snack around three o’clock when the kids get home from school. It is quick and easy and portable. Brewing herbal tea and placing a little lemon or lime in it can help cut down on soda and coffee. It can also increase nutrition. Herb teas have no caffeine and contain many vitamins. Raw dandelion tea, for example, is high in vitamins A, C, D, and B complexes. Other dandelion nutritional benefits include high doses of iron, zinc, and potassium. It helps the body absorb more nutrients from other foods, and rids the kidney and liver of toxins that build up over time.
Dandelion root is available in a few variations. The raw and organic tea has more nutrients than the roasted root, but both are healthy. It can also be found on capsules and supplement tablets. The tea contains no calories, no GMOs, and can be found USDA organic certified. Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold and some have flavors added in for a better taste. Hibiscus is often used for flavor, and it also regulates blood pressure. Cinnamon is another common flavor that is added. It reduces bad cholesterol and regulates blood sugar. Substituting one sweet snack for a healthy one, and switching out one or two coffees or sodas for some herbal tea can be simple ways to add nutrition into the daily diet.