Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
Eating a healthy diet is a very important part of reaching or maintaining a healthy weight…and maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of overall health.
Tips for Eating Smarter
Load up on fruits & veggies
They are low in calories, full of important vitamins, delicious and filling, and can lower your risk for chronic disease.
- Enjoy fresh fruit instead of cookies or chips
- Add veggies to your eggs, soups and sandwiches
- Freeze blended fresh fruit to make sorbet
- Order veggies as a side when eating out
- Keep a fruit bowl instead of a candy bowl
- Make fruits and veggies half your plate
Re-think your drink
Sugary drinks (soda, sweetened teas, sports drinks, vitamin-enhanced waters, etc.) have lots of calories. Choose water or unsweetened drinks to cut extra calories.
- Lower the amount of sugary drinks each day
- Try fresh lemon juice in water
- Choose herbal teas—they have nice flavor and no calories
- Choose calorie-free drinks
- Choose 1% or non-fat milk
- Put just a splash of 100% juice (an ounce or two) in your water for added taste
Right size your portions
Eating large portions adds extra calories. Eat smaller portions of foods and drinks and eat at a slower pace to satisfy your hunger. Larger portions = extra calories = extra pounds.
- Leave a few bites on your plate
- Don’t have second helpings
- Share a meal with a friend and order a salad as an appetizer
- Take half of your dinner home when you go out to eat
- Bring a (frozen) calorie-controlled meal to work
- Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate to limit portions