National Healthy Eating Month! What a great opportunity to focus on eating right and establishing healthy eating habits in our lives.
Healthy Eating Habits
- Begin your day with breakfast. A balanced breakfast consists of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Ideally, eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking to jumpstart your metabolism.
- Vary your protein intake. This is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Mix it up with seafood, beans, peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, eggs, lean meats and poultry.
- Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank! Purchase foods in bulk — it’s cheaper — and make a large batch by doubling a recipe so that extra portions can be saved for lunches and snacks. Shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season is a good way to save some money because those foods are typically cheaper. Frozen vegetables and fruits are also a good way to stretch your dollar, without waste.
- Watch your portion size. Your plate should be half-full with fruits and vegetables, a fourth full of lean protein and a fourth full of whole grains (such as brown rice, quinoa, etc).
- Incorporate fish twice a week into your diet. The health benefit is omega-3 fatty acids and studies have shown improved cardiovascular health. Wild caught salmon is a good choice and is relatively easy to cook.
- Watch your sugar intake. Added sugar is lurking in many products! Here are some culprits for added sugar: yogurt, granola bars, ketchup, dressings, juices, and cereals. Avoiding processed foods, like the ones mentioned, will help you avoid added sugar.
- Drink more water. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men take in 125 oz of water and women take in 91 oz of water.
- Quality of your food is important. Choose the best quality cuts of meat and lean proteins, and Non-GMO fruits and vegetables (organic also is important, refer to “dirty dozen” list).