Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, the GM diet is probably somewhere on your radar. One reason the diet is so effective is that it promotes the increase of fruits and vegetables in your daily intake. But we all know that getting enough fruits and veggies can be difficult. If you don't know how to start increasing your vegetable intake, we've compiled some great eggplant recipes that will leave you full, satisfied, and on your way to a healthier you!
While you've probably had your fill of fad diets, the GM Diet is anything but. It was developed in 1985 by General Motors in congruence with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. GM created this diet for its employees, hoping to make them happier, healthier, and more effective. The results speak for themselves—most people lose around 10 pounds in the first week.
People love the GM diet because it's easy. There are no gimmicks and no hard to follow rules.
The basic tenets of the GM diet are easy. It focuses on increasing the consumption of complex carbohydrates, low-calorie vegetables and fruits, and increased water intake. By cutting out processed and fried foods, your body begins to shed unwanted pounds.
Many diets consider meal planning a central idea of maintaining a diet. While the GM diet doesn't necessarily promote meal planning, it is always a good idea. If you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, you should be aware that most of the empty or unwanted calories we consume are unplanned for. They're buying a sugary snack because you skipped breakfast, or settling for a fast-food dinner because you're too tired to cook.
Meal planning works for several reasons. Sitting down and consciously going over your plan for food makes you significantly more likely to follow the plan. If you have the intent to follow through, you most likely will. Meal planning also means that you won't have any of the skipped meals that come from running out of time. How many mornings have you sped past breakfast because you pushed your alarm's snooze button one too many times? And how many of those mornings have you ended up indulging in a calorie-laden snack that wasn't as fulfilling as an actual meal?
Another huge reason we opt for the unhealthy option is fatigue. By the end of the day, who really wants to cook a whole meal? By cooking in larger quantities and being more conscious of what food you have for when, you will ensure that when you get hungry, there is an easy, healthy, and tasty option!
Because it has a very mild taste, eggplant can easily take on whatever flavors you want, making it a perfect addition to any meal. It also has a slightly tough, meaty texture, so vegetarians love to include it as a meat replacement in meals.
Eggplant is very healthy, given that it is a fruit. And, like tomato, it has significantly less sugar and carbohydrates than other fruits. In one cup of eggplant, you'll get 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 0.83 grams of protein. You'll also get a good amount of potassium, iron, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C. In the eggplant's dark purple skin is a type of phytochemical called anthocyanins, an antioxidant. With lots of great eggplant recipes, it's easy to incorporate it into your regular diet!
This crunchy, zesty is a great carb-free snack, making it one of our favorite eggplant recipes!
Depending where you buy your groceries, this eggplant recipe will cost you around $20 for 3 servings.
This classic is a favorite vegetarian dish, and one of the best eggplant recipes out there.
This delicious dish should cost you about $30 to $40, depending on the quality of mozzarella you choose.
One of our favorite savory eggplant recipes that gets rid of pasta!
This eggplant recipe should cost around $30 to prepare, and it yields 4 servings.
Following any diet can be difficult and confusing. One of the hardest parts is finding ways to make healthy food more interesting so the monotony of fruits and vegetables doesn't wear you down. By keeping your kitchen stocked to make a handful of yummy eggplant recipes, you'll find it much easier to resist cravings.
Check out our website for more eggplant recipes, information on the GM diet, and how it can help you lead a healthier life. Being healthy doesn't have to be hard! Try whipping up some of these eggplant recipes today.
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