If you’re like us, one of your new year’s goals is to eat better. But what does that mean? With all the conflicting information we get about nutrition, it becomes hard to decide exactly what to eat.

Should we eat more protein? Less carbs? Small meals throughout the day? Only during certain hours?

While there are numerous diets out there with different guidelines on what’s best for you, many health professionals can agree that nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated if you follow these 3 tips in your daily life.

Eat Fresh Food

One thing with which you can never go wrong is eating fresh food. Canned or prepackaged foods are usually ladened with sodium and preservatives to maintain the taste and shelf life.

Eating fresh food, picked at the peak of the season is the best way to get the nutrients you need organically. Not only is this good for your health, this could also be great for your wallet as eating seasonally is more economical (and tastier) than eating fruits and vegetables picked out of season.

Prepare Food Yourself

Sure, everyone likes to eat out once in a while. But when you go to a restaurant, chances are you never know how much fat they’re adding to your food. The fact is that most places add a little more butter or oil to make their food tastier.

Of course, there are also places which are known for their healthy food preparation as well as places that make your food right in front of you. You can avoid having more fat added to your food by going to such places. But if this is not an option, prepare your food yourself. By knowing exactly what goes into your food preparation and cooking, you can control your nutritional intake and create a more balanced meal.

Get Your 5-a-day Everyday

Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They also contain a lot of fiber, which helps to regulate your digestive system. You can pretty much eat as many vegetables as you like; just make sure that you get a wide variety of vegetables rather than just eating the same ones over and over. A good guide is to make your fruit and vegetable intake as colorful as possible as different colors means you’re getting different nutrients in your diet.

As far as fruits go, be aware of the natural sugar content of some fruits. 2-3 pieces of fruit per day is a good guideline to healthy eating (as well as satisfying your sweet tooth).

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard or restrictive. With these 3 tips, you’ll be on your way to a better you!

Sources:

http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/homemade-healthy-food-tastes-better

http://www.livescience.com/35730-five-easy-ways-eat-more-fruits-vegetables.html