Preventive health measures can help you avoid chronic diseases or illnesses later in life. One way to practice preventive health is through nutrition, and eating healthy can be as delicious as it is nutritious.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up the foods you love—it means making smarter choices when you go grocery shopping, cook at home or dine out.

The summer months provide plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for delicious recipes. Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are a fresh and lower carbohydrate alternative to pasta noodles that are at their peak season in the summer.

When paired with a creamy, dairy-free avocado Alfredo sauce like the recipe in the video below, you can create a healthy meal for all ages.

Summer squash like zucchini is a great source of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients. Zucchini is:

  • Low in calories
  • High in fiber
  • No cholesterol or unhealthy fat 
  • Rich in antioxidants, which play a role in slowing down aging and preventing disease because of their ability to eliminate free-radicals

You can find the original recipe on the American Heart Association’s website.

Making small changes such as controlling your portion size can go a long way for your overall health. Try incorporating these types of food in your diet:

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Skinless poultry and fish
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Non-tropical vegetable oils

Try to limit saturated and trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you choose to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.

For more healthy recipe videos, visit our YouTube channel, Kindred’s Kitchen

By Blair Klayko