Eating healthy can be a very daunting task for many people. Many people claim they can't stick with eating healthy because healthy food does not taste good, or that eating healthy food is not convenient. However, the article below will prove that eating healthy does not have to taste terrible or be difficult. In fact, eating healthy can be quite delicious and simple. One nutrition tip that everyone should use is to cut down on processed foods. Processed foods have many additives that can be harmful to your body if eaten for a long time. They also lose many nutrients when they are being processed. Try and use fresh, preferably raw, foods whenever you eat. Sugars and starches are bad for you and may make you inattentive. Sugar and starches are both considered "empty calories" without a lot of nutritional value. Replace these foods with low-GI fruits, vegetables, and meats. Eating smaller meals high in these foods can also improve your attention span. Chemical sweeteners are the equivalent of toxins. They can slow down your metabolism and some still have implied links to cancer. These sweeteners are found in products such as Crystal light, diet soda, and Splenda. Drink water instead when you can. If not, have your tea or coffee with a small amount of sugar or honey. Vitamins and health supplements are just that; supplements. They are made to be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, not in place of it. If you are taking too many pills and supplements, you risk doing more damage to your health than good. Have your doctor test your blood to see what vitamins you are deficient in, and focus on taking just these. When making a smoothie for a meal, it is important to only add ingredients that are healthy. Don't just load a smoothie with fruit and ice cream. That will load it with calories, and turn it into an unhealthy treat. Use yogurt, berries, frozen bananas and a small amount of honey. Slap some peaches, apples, pineapple, banana and other fruit on the grill and get ready for a real treat! Fresh fruit makes a wonderful addition to a backyard cookout. You don't have to eat it raw though! Cook it right alongside the lean hamburger and turkey franks! Rice and beans, when combined together, create a near perfect protein source. If you are a vegetarian, this can be especially important. Simply make these two things ahead of time and add a little cheese for added flavor. It is a cheap and easy way to get the good nutrition that you need. Allow your children to help you prepare meals. The more involved children are in the process, the more likely they are to eat the meal. This is especially true for things they may not want to try, such as vegetables. It may not make them like broccoli, but it might make them more likely to taste it. This article proves that it is possible to eat healthy, delicious foods, and it doesn't have to be complicated. All it takes is a little preparation on your part. Hopefully these tips will make it a lot easier for you to stick with a healthy eating program for the long run.