Vitamin D & omega 3s keeps treats balanced

Your budget; it’s your plan on paper that determines how much you can spend on advertising, on supplies, on staff and how much revenue you need to have a healthy business.  You tweak it as business grows and move around your spending as priorities change because you realize the budget needs to remain in balance for your business to be a success. 

Your diet works the same way.  You need a plan on paper to chart how much protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables you’ll eat at meals and what treats you can afford to expense and still maintain a healthy body.  You can tweak your menu plan as your schedule changes, adding more nutrients on days you’re active or accommodating for the occasional night out.   Like a budget, your diet should remain in balance for your health to be a success. 

There seems to be a trend in business though, where the balanced budget takes priority over the balanced diet.  With a few simple staples on hand that are packed with super nutrients, you’ll ensure you have the tools you need to balance your diet.  Enter these 7 key ingredients into your spreadsheet and tally up the balanced health for you and your business. 

7 keys to ensure a balanced diet right on budget

·         Oats: Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats include more of the whole grain and pack more nutritional punch than instant oatmeal.  Cooking up over night in the crockpot saves time, adding fruit and milk add nutritional value.

·         Yogurt: Plain yogurt gives you the nutrition you need without the added artificial flavours, colours and extra sugar.  Yogurt helps your digestive system and keeps you healthy from the inside.  Add some fruit for flavour and use to top your oatmeal for a super charged breakfast. 

·         Fruits & Berries:  Berries pack more nutrients per volume than any other fruit.  Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries give you fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.  A handful a day on your oatmeal and yogurt and you start your morning off with more balance than your budget. 

·         Vegetables & Salad:  Lunch should be a staple of greens and raw vegetables to help you get the 5-10 servings a day you need.  Baby spinach comes pre washed and lasts 5 days in a resealable container and makes the perfect base for a salad. Toss on shredded carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers, chickpeas, tuna or hardboiled egg and a vinegar based dressing.   

·         Whole Grains:  Make the switch.  Buy everything whole grain – bread, pasta, crackers, and cereal.  Read labels and look for whole grains and 100% whole wheat to ensure you are getting only whole grain nutrition in every bite. 

·         Omega 3s: Your body needs omega 3s for brain and cardiovascular health but can’t produce them.  Plant based omega 3s from flax provide one type of omega 3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid, but only fish oils can give you the important DHA omega 3 fats you need.  DHA is highest in small fish like sardines and mackerel or salmon and tuna. Plan to have omega 3 DHA rich fish at least twice a week and then supplement your omega-3 diet with pure sourced omega 3 fish oil. All natural omega 3 Gummy Vitamins provide the fish oil without the fishy taste or large pills to swallow. 

·         Vitamins D: Is crucial to help your body absorb calcium and it also regulates your immune system, keeping you healthy.  Your body synthesizes direct sunlight to produce Vitamin D, but if you’re not getting outside you can find Vitamin D in many foods.  Milk and juice is fortified with Vitamins D and it’s naturally present in sardines, tuna and mackerel. Adults need a minimum of 800IU’s of Vitamin D a day and many are diagnosed deficient. Finding a good supplement can make a big difference in your health.