Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.

Exercising yourself into the ground won’t do much good if you continue to eat like a garbage disposal.

Let’s be honest about it.

You need both — exercise and good nutrition.

Most people will acknowledge that a regular diet of fast food is not good for you. Burgers and pizza and wings and tacos and chicken tenders with cream gravy are fine, in moderation.

That’s one major improvement you can make.

Another is reducing your sugar intake. I saw somewhere that the average American consumes a whopping 66 pounds of sugar a year. Good grief!

If you drink sugary sodas, cut it out. If sweet treats are a weakness, as they are for me, try limiting those to one day a week. Reward yourself for being good the rest of the time.

Those are a couple of major steps you can take, and here are three simple ways to start working on improving you overall daily nutrition:

Add vegetables at breakfast. You could try sliced tomato. Maybe some sliced potato. A good one is avocado. Avocado toast is delicious. Toast some good bread, put some avocado slices on top, use a fork to mash ’em up real good, nice and smooth and creamy, add a dash of salt and pepper. Really good.

More protein at breakfast. Eggs are a great source of protein. Some experts recommend getting 30 grams of protein at breakfast. One egg = 7 grams of protein. Scramble some eggs or chop up a few boiled ones, add some cheese (another pretty good protein source). How about some cottage cheese on the side? Throw in a little pineapple or some other kind of fruit.

Fruit for dessert: instead of going for that bowl of ice cream, piece of cake, or handful of cookies, how about some sliced fruit instead? Strawberries are excellent. Mix some slices in with some vanilla yogurt; add a little honey and maybe some granola for a nice crunch.

So there you go.

Three simple ways to improve your nutrition.

Don’t try and completely overhaul your eating habits all at once. That’s just a recipe — no pun intended — for failure. Take it slow. Remember, baby steps.

Change one or two — or three — things, get used to those improvements for a while, and then add something else.

You can do it!

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Pineapple and avocado smoothie (with ice, water, protein powder)