A healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated nor expensive! What you eat each day affects your health. When combined with physical activity, your diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, and promote overall health and well-being.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Lean on the greens for your meals. Add fruit as part of your side dishes or dessert. The more colorful you make your plate, the more likely you are to get the vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs to be healthy.
Switch to a whole-grain food
Choose whole-wheat bread over white bread. Check the ingredients and choose products that list whole grain. Look for things like: “whole wheat,” “brown rice,” “bulgur,” “buckwheat,” “oatmeal,” “rolled oats,” quinoa,” or “wild rice.”
Choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
Switch to fewer calories and less saturated fat.
Protein foods group includes not only meat, poultry, and seafood, but also dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Select leaner cuts of ground beef (where the label says 90% lean or higher), turkey breast, or chicken breast.
Drink plenty of water
Drink water to cut back on unnecessary calories from sugary drinks. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories. To add flavor to your water, you may add a slice of lemon, lime, apple or fresh herbs like mint or basil.