fresh foods for healthy diet
25 September 2020 (updated)

Get into the Greens: Fresh Food for Healthy Living!

Fruit and vegetables have countless benefits that make them an important part of a balanced diet. Fortunately, fresh food delivery services and a cultural shift toward nutritional health make eating healthy easier than ever before!

With the temptation of processed and fast food, it can seem like something is always getting between us and our health goals. But, with overwhelming research pointing to the reality of what's in processed food, clean eating may just be worth it! The best way to truly enjoy food for all its worth is to start with good ingredients. This begins with fresh food. So, if you’re ready to get into the kitchen to adopt some healthy eating habits, we've got you covered!

What is Fresh Food?

The term "fresh food" can apply to many things we consume on a daily basis. While items in a can or the frozen foods aisle are preserved, fresh foods are at their optimum state: ripe and ready-to-eat. "Whole foods" are a kind of fresh food, but plant-based and closest to their natural state as possible. While "fresh foods" can refer to fruit and vegetables, it also pertains to meat, fish and dairy products too!

Why is Fresh Food Better Than Frozen?

The more brilliant colors of fresh vegetables and fruits, the more vitamins and nutrients they have! The nutritional value of food can decrease over time so the freshest food is the way to go. Fortunately, since there are no additives, fresh vegetables are low in fat, calories and free from cholesterol. Foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes and spinach are rich in potassium and help regulate blood pressure. They also contain Vitamin A to keep the skin healthy and Vitamin C, which assists with iron absorption. While fresh foods are part of a balanced diet, they also reduce heart disease risk, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. If you have the choice, healthy fresh food is the way to go.

How Do I Prepare Fresh Food?

To find healthy food in your area, head to a fresh grocer or the health food store. They will have the best ingredients available whether you’re looking for organic food or natural foods. Before you begin cooking, make sure fruit and vegetables are washed and kept away from uncooked items like meat or fish.

It may seem like a little more effort than takeout or pre-packaged food, but the benefits of preparing your own fresh food are worth it. Whether you use old family recipes or your favorite food blog, there are plenty of easy dinner options out there!

Here are some ways to consider preparing fresh foods to preserve their best flavors:

  • Raw fruits and veggies/tossed salad
  • Soups and stews
  • Smoothies/Acai bowls
  • Grilling
  • Stir-frying
  • Baking
  • Pan-searing

Where Can I Get Fresh Food Delivery?

Ordering from a company that offers fresh food through local delivery services can be a helpful way to make sure you're getting quality ingredients for fresh meals without the hassle of the grocery store! Blue Apron provides the ingredients you need with simple-to-follow steps while Plated offers options for mixing and matching recipes. Sunbasket is great if you're looking for organic options. Chef’d amps up some of the food skills you’ll need to cook, but also features gluten-free and Paleo diet options. And, if you’re a vegan, the Purple Carrot emphasizes prepared food delivery with its inspiring, plant-based meals. To find fresh food nearby, do a simple search for local options!

Here's an one of my favorite easy recipes to make for parties and gatherings:

Fresh Caprese Salad

A light, delicious dish that's great for a summer appetizer!

5 from 1 votes


PREP TIME

4 mins

COOK TIME

a few seconds

TOTAL TIME

4 mins





COURSE

Appetizer

CUISINE

Italian

SERVINGS

4 people

CALORIES

210.0 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 3

    ripe tomatoes (sliced)

  • 1

    lb

    fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)

  • 25-30

    leaves

    fresh basil (about one bunch)

  • extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

  • balsamic vinegar (for drizzling)

  • salt and pepper (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fresh Caprese Salad

    1. Assemble.

      On a large, shallow platter or plate, layer alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each one.

    2. Drizzle.

      Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

Calories:

210.0 kcal

Carbohydrates:

4.0 g

Cholesterol:

44.0 mg

Fat:

17.0 g

Fiber:

1.0 g

Protein:

13.0 g

Saturated Fat:

8.0 g

Serving Amount:

160

Serving Unit:

g

Sodium:

439.0 mg

Sugar:

3.0 g

Starting a Healthier Lifestyle

It might seem difficult to get fresh food into your daily life, but its health benefits make it worthwhile. If you’ve tried out a meal delivery service or have some kitchen tips, let us know in our comments section. You can also share your favorite recipes for fresh foods on FamilyApp!

Now that you know the importance and benefits of healthy food, head to the market, and find out what you're missing! Try a new recipe, explore different flavors, and find live a happier and healthier lifestyle!