A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet and healthy eating options.
So how do you choose a healthy eating options and create a balanced diet?
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, healthy eating options include:
- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
Enjoying Healthy Eating!
Eating healthy foods will assist you in managing your weight and reducing your risk factors with chronic diseases. Healthy food options includes a variety of foods you may not have considered.
If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can eat—
- Fresh fruits― don’t think just apples and oranges. All fresh fruits are great choices. You can find a wonderful selection of various fruits in stores and at farmers markets. When your favorite fresh fruits is not in season, try different fruits that are or you still have option of a frozen, canned, or dried variety of a fresh fruit. When purchasing frozen or canned fruit, always pay attention to the amount of sugar!
- Fresh vegetables ― There are so many wonderful selections of fresh vegetables that taste wonderful. Be creative- there are multiple ways to cook vegetables, you can grill, sauté and steam. Again you can find a wonderful selection of vegetables at your local store or farmers market. If buying canned vegetables, please consider the sodium values. If you need to include more vegetables in your diet, consider trying a new vegetable each week.
- Calcium-rich foods ― But what about low-fat and fat-free yogurts without added sugars? These come in a wide variety of flavors and can be a great dessert substitute for those with a sweet tooth.
- A new twist on an old favorite ― if your favorite recipe calls for frying fish or breaded chicken, try healthier variations using baking or grilling. Maybe even try a recipe that uses dry beans in place of higher-fat meats. Ask around or search the Internet and magazines for recipes with fewer calories ― you might be surprised to find you have a new favorite dish!
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