There’s a lot of talk today about the importance of eating healthy.
You hear it from your doctor, on the news, in magazines and online. The consensus is clear: in order to have your best body in good health, you must eat healthy.
Unfortunately for most, healthy eating is a confusing concept.
There’s so much contradicting information out there about what is or isn’t healthy that even the most well informed dieter becomes overwhelmed.
Should you eat a grain free diet? What about dairy? Is it OK to include fruit? What about rice? How about these granola bars that are labeled as heart healthy?
It’s enough to drive you crazy!
The most common reaction to this confusion is to give up. Why continue to strive for a healthy diet when a granola bar that’s mostly made with refined sugar is marketed as healthy?
I’m going to clear up some of the confusion for you with this very simple, very effective healthy eating tip:
Eat low sugar.
By eating low sugar I mean check the sugar grams on each thing that you eat throughout the day, and only eat items that contain low single digit or zero sugar grams.
This single strategy will cut out a majority of the confusion surrounding healthy eating. Since eating items that are high in sugar is the biggest downfall of most dieters, by honing in on sugar grams you can avoid many bad food choices.
Are there other aspects to eating healthy, such as including enough lean protein and fiber-filled veggies in your diet? You bet! And once you have grown accustomed to eating low sugar then you should work on increasing your fiber and protein, but for now simply work on cutting out sugar.
Remember that participating in a consistent, challenging exercise program is vital to getting into amazing shape. I’m here to help you do just that.
Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce
To make this Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce as good-for-you as it is good-smelling, I’ve packed it with ground turkey, loads of chopped veggies and mouthwatering Italian flavors.
Serve it up over veggie noodles or braised cabbage for a fitness meal at its finest!
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion, minced
- 1 Fennel Bulb, minced
- 3 zucchini, diced
- 2 pounds Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place an extra-large nonstick skillet or medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and warm for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, onion and fennel bulb. Sauté, mixing often, for 5 minutes, until the onion is tender. Add the zucchini and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring and breaking the turkey apart with your spoon or spatula, until all the pink is gone. Drain the pan, then return to medium heat.
- Add the crushed tomato, tomato paste, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix until well combined. Add the water, coconut sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve this hearty sauce warm over braised cabbage, veggie noodles, baked sweet potato or whatever else your heart desires. Enjoy!
One serving equals: 319 calories, 6g fat, 12g carbohydrate, 7g sugar, 451mg sodium, 4g fiber, and 56g protein.
One of the biggest sources of unnecessary sugar are beverages from your local coffee shop. As you make is a practice to eat low sugar, always check the sugar grams of coffee drinks before you order. You may be shocked to find out how much sugar you’ve been drinking each morning!
If you enjoy sweet tasting beverages then carry a little bottle of liquid stevia with you, and use it to sweeten coffee or tea without adding any sugar grams to your drink.