We all want to make more nutritious choices in what we eat and drink, but too often, we are either too busy or we just don’t know how to start. This article contains some solid suggestions, some starting points, for people like you who are looking to improve their nutritional health.

Carefully inspect food labels to determine the nutrition facts. Just because something is labeled “reduced-fat” doesn’t mean it is nutritionally sound. Often, they are loaded with unhealthy ingredients like sugar and lots of salt. You need to avoid any foods that are highly processed, because they do not help you lose weight. Labels should be easy to read and understand. Labels with a lot of ingredients – particularly artificial ingredients – are a red flag.

Buying from a small farm near where you live has nutritional benefits. It can also have other benefits that are less calculable. If you go to the farm and talk with the farmer and see how the food is grown, you will gain a personal connection and satisfaction with your food.

Did you know that you can fight fatigue that is experienced after eating? You can snap out of the tiredness you feel after lunch by drinking a tall glass of water and eating a small high-antioxidant food such as a prune. This will help revitalize your lethargic feeling and help fire up the mind.

When considering a diet that provides an adequate nutrition level, know that peanut butter is a very healthy choice for you. Peanut butter contains healthy fats, as well as plenty of protein. Be sure to use moderation, because it still can be considered a high calorie food. It is wise to get your protein and healthy fats from a variety of foods.

If you have bought one of the new special peanut butters with extra omega-3s added in order to improve your nutrition, be aware that you’ve mostly bought a marketing ploy. Though many foods are fortified in a way that makes a real difference nutritionally, the amount of omega-3s added to this special (and expensive) peanut butter is so small that you would have to eat 8 sandwiches’ worth (16 tablespoons) to get as much omega-3 as in a four-ounce serving of salmon.

There are healthy alternatives to many of the food products that we all eat. For example, try using a balsamic vinaigrette for dressing, instead of something fattening like Italian or Caesar. You can avoid cake and ice cream by substituting other sweet treats, such as yogurt, fruit or even a combination of the two, in the form of a parfait.

Make sure you eat a variety foods like fish, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and fruit. By choosing a variety of foods, you will receive the nutrients you need.

Nutrition, as you have seen, does not necessarily mean complicated regimes or instructions. Very frequently it can mean that you seek out – and follow – a small but useful set of tips or hints to guide you gradually toward better nutritional health. You will notice, if you apply these tips consistently, that your health will reflect the better nutritional choices you are making.