With the start of a New Year, many of us are thinking about our diet. Eating nutrient-dense foods provides a powerful and empowering opportunity to nourish and heal our bodies. Whether you’ve made a resolution to lose weight or simply incorporate healthier foods into your diet, I thought I’d share some healthy eating tips adapted from www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Brighten your plate with vegetables that are rich in color. Red, orange, and dark green vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens.
- Sip on some vegetable soup. Try tomato, butternut squash, or garden vegetable soup. Look for reduced or low sodium versions.
- Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter or at your desk as a visible reminder to make a healthy snack choice.
- Experiment with fruit at dinner. Include orange sections, dried cranberries, grapes or sliced apples to a chopped salad. Top fish or chicken with a fresh fruit salsa.
- Substitute whole-grain products for refined grains. For example, eat brown rice instead of white rice, whole-wheat bread instead of white bread.
- Don’t be fooled by labels. “Multi-grain”, “stone-ground”, or “cracked wheat” is not the equivalent of 100% whole grain.
- Try new foods. Make an effort to buy a new food at the grocery store every week. You may find a new favorite!
- Engage your friends and family to make it fun. Exchange recipes, invite friends over to share a healthy meal, or cook together.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert—fruit! Serve a fruit parfait made with yogurt, a refreshing fruit smoothie, or for something hot, bake apples topped with oats and cinnamon.
For more healthy eating and lifestyle tips, visit http://myplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/ten-tips.html.