Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Simple Steps to Smart Eating

Eating healthy does not have to be complicated! Incorporating small changes towards healthy eating is better than following a fad diet for a few weeks that cannot be maintained. Build a routine by emphasizing the intake of:
-Fruits, vegetables (including dark and leafy greens), whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products
-Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
-Low amounts of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Pick foods that will fuel your body! Foods that are nutrient-rich will be filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and lower in calories. Choosing more of these foods will help manage your weight. Choosing a variety of different foods will keep you from getting bored and wanting to reach for those junk foods. Finally, not all fats are created equal. Be sure to read the nutrition facts panel to find foods that contain the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats can help lower your risk of heart disease over consuming saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.

March is National Nutrition Month with the theme “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” For more food and nutrition information and recipes, check out eatright.org!

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