HEALTHY EATING GOALS
Small changes can make a big difference to your health. Try incorporating at least six of the eight goals below into your diet. Commit to incorporating one new healthy eating goal each week over the next six weeks. You can track your progress through PALA+.
Choose a variety of lean protein foods
Compare sodium in foods
Cut back on solid fats
Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Eat some seafood
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Make half the grains you eat whole grains
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
Make sure your meal is balanced and nutritious.
Controlling Portion Size
- Don't clean your plate or bowl if you're full, instead save leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.
- Portion sizes depend on the age, gender, and activity level of the individual.
- Use smaller plates to control portion sizes. Health Tips for Today - How To Eat Healthy.
- Mix vegetables into your go-to dishes. Try spinach with pasta or peppers in tacos.
- Pack your child's lunch bag with fruits and veggies: sliced apples, a banana, or carrot sticks are all healthy options.
- Use fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables. They all offer the same great nutrients. Just be sure to watch the sodium on canned vegetables and look for fruits packed in water or 100% juice (not syrup).
- Bring healthy snacks into your child's classroom for birthday parties and celebrations, instead of providing sugary treats.
- Pack healthy lunches for your children including whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
- Schools across the nation are making their lunch rooms healthier places. Learn more with the Chefs Move to Schools initiative where chefs work with local schools to add flavorful, healthy meals to menus.
- For a handy snack, keep cut-up fruits and vegetables like carrots, peppers, or orange slices in the refrigerator.
- Make water a staple of snack time. Try adding a slice of lemon, lime, or a splash of 100% juice to your water for a little flavor.
- Swap out your cookie jar for a basket filled with fresh fruit. Health Tips for Today - How To Eat Healthy.
- Teach children the difference between everyday snacks, such as fruits and veggies, and occasional snacks, such as cookies or other sweets.
- Choose baked or grilled food instead of fried when you're eating out and implement this at home, too.
- Make water and fat-free or low-fat milk your go-to drinks instead of soda or sweetened beverages.
- Read labels on packaged ingredients to find foods lower in sodium.
- Serve fruits as everyday desserts—like baked apples and pears or a fruit salad.
- Skip adding salt when cooking; instead use herbs and spices to add flavor.
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