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Sensible eating and proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important to your health. A balanced diet and smart choices can help prevent serious health concerns or issues.
Healthy Eating Tips
Eat a variety of nutrient rich food. Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs.
Eat moderate portions--enjoy your food, but eat less. Get out your measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Use smaller plates, bowls and glasses to keep your portions under control.
Eat breakfast. Breakfast gives you energy to start your day. Try some instant oatmeal and toss with dried fruit and nuts, layer yogurt with a crunchy cereal and fruit or how about a whole wheat toaster waffle with peanut butter and banana slices.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Get creative with salads, liven up an omelet, stir fry your veggies or blend a tasty fruit smoothie.
Switch to fat-free or lowfat (1%) milk. Dairy provides calcium, vitamin D, potassium, protein and other nutrients needed for good health throughout life. Choosing lower fat versions cuts the calories and fat, but doesn't reduce the calcium and other nutrients.
Make half your grains whole grains. Make simple switches such as substituting a whole grain product for a refined product. Choose products that name a whole grain ingredient first on the list. For example, select 100% whole wheat bread for white bread or brown rice for white rice.
Foods to eat less often. More than 1/3 of all calories consumed by Americans are solid fat and added sugars. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating less added sugars, solid fats including trans fats, refined grains and sodium.
Get cooking. Cook more often at home where you are in control of what's in your food.
Drink more zero and low calorie beverages. Added sugars load beverages with extra calories you don't need. Sweeten your coffee and tea with Equal sweeteners or try a delicious beverage from our Equal test kitchen.