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Variety; the spice of life

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Routine is defined as regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative; a constantly repeated formula. Although routine seems harmless enough, it isn’t exactly very exciting when it comes to your eating habits. We can become very comfortable in our daily diets. We find healthy foods that we like and we stick to them. After all, they work for us and they taste good. But staying fixed on just a few healthy items greatly limits you to the many benefits of all the world of health food has to offer.
Each wholesome food has an array of nutrients that are good for your body in their own way. For example, carrots are good for your eyes and red bell peppers help protect your kidneys from cancer. So by always eating carrots and never eating red bell peppers, your eyes reap the benefits, but you never get the protection for your kidneys. There are of course a million other examples, but you get the point. Variety will help your body receive all the health benefits food can truly provide.
Here is a list of some carbohydrates, proteins, fruits, and vegetables to add to your diet to help make it a little less routine. Adding these to your diet will assure the full benefits of a wholesome, healthy eating lifestyle.
• Carbohydrates: oatmeal, whole-grain waffles, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato
• Proteins: salmon, poultry breast, black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, eggs, low fat cottage cheese, tofu, low fat yogurt
• Vegetables: carrots, celery, cabbage, cucumber, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, spinach, tomato, kale, beets
• Fruits: watermelon, berries, pineapple, cherries, banana, mango, grapefruit, pears, nectarines, plums

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