Healthy Eating Made Easy
Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet doesn't need to be complicated. All it takes is a little advance planning. From finding fun ways to eat veggies to picking the most nutrient-packed foods and feeling full with fiber, find the tips you need to eat smart, stay well and slim down or maintain a healthy weight.
Helping America Eat Smart
Most Americans agree that eating a proper diet is important. In reality, though, our daily eating habits don't always measure up. Luckily, these top advocates are spreading the word on how to make healthy food choices. Meet the Top 10 Influencers in Nutrition.
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Make healthy choices with every meal you eat. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, make at least half your grains whole, switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and vary your protein choices—fish, lean beef or skinless poultry are always great options. Go meatless occasionally with protein from dried beans or peas.
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Calories Up, Nutrition Down
Americans eat a whopping 300+ more calories today than they did back in 1985. What’s worse: Nearly 50% of those calories come from added sweeteners or fat. Try this simple trick to pay closer attention to what you eat – and even double your weight loss.
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Food portions have changed drastically over the last 20 years. An average bagel used to be 3 inches wide and 140 calories. Now, a bagel is 6 inches wide and 350 calories—that’s 2.5 times more calories! Test your healthy eating smarts by taking our Portion Control quiz.
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