These days, a wealth of nutrition information is at your fingertips. From diet books to news articles, blog posts, and television ads - everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should be eating. It's no secret that good nutrition plays an essential role in maintaining health. While you already know it is important to eat a healthy diet, you may find it more difficult to sort through all of the information about nutrition and food choices. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines and other tips below can help you do just that!
2015 Dietary Guidelines
Want to know what to eat to stay healthy? Following the key recommendations for good health will:
- help you and your family stay healthy and fit.
- help you get all of the nutrients you need each day
- and, help you make sensible choices to reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Take a look at the tips below to see how you can apply the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to your everyday life or follow the link to see the full report.
- Build a Healthy Plate
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these options when building your next meal.
- 1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- 2. Switch to skim or 1% milk.
- 3. Make at least half your grains whole.
- 4. Vary your protein food choices.
You may also want to download this helpful guide and use it when planning and preparing your meals. Let's Eat for the Health of It
- Balance Calories to Manage Weight
Calorie balance over time is the key to weight management. In order to balance your calories, you need to know how many calories are right for you.
- Foods and Food Components to Reduce
Consuming certain foods and food components in excessive amounts may increase your risk of chronic diseases. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends reducing consumption of sodium, solid fats, added sugars, and refined grains. Follow the link below to find out why and how.
Reducing Sugar May Be Easier Thank You Think
- Foods and Nutrients to Increase
Nutrient-dense foods are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas (legumes), and nuts and seeds that are prepared without added solid fats, sugars, starches and sodium. Find out how to follow these recommendations as part of a healthy eating pattern while staying within your calorie needs.
- Eat Better for Less
Cooking food from scratch rather than relying on packaged foods, and eating at home more often saves money and time. It also allows you to control the ingredients you are consuming. This guide can serve as a tool for you to use when planning and shopping for meals.