5 simple tips to eating healthier

By Elaine Bankhead RD CD

It’s National Nutrition Month so what better time to commit to eating better than now? Here are 5 tips to eating healthier.​

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Eat breakfast
Studies have shown that breakfast is important in maintaining a healthy body weight.  Include a lean protein (low-fat yogurt, milk), whole grain (cereal, toast) and a fruit or vegetable.

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. 
They will add vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet. Try to eat two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of veggies each day.

Fix healthy snacks
It’s amazing once you start comparing the calories of different foods. For instance a medium apple is about 80 calories while only 3 Twizzlers is 130 calories! And an apple is going to make you more full and give you more energy than Twizzlers.

Cook at home
Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective.

Be smart when eating out
You can eat at a restaurant and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions, and choose foods carefully. Look for grilled, baked, broiled or steamed items.​