Ways to Eat Healthy
A Healthy Meal
A Healthy Meal
Using the MyPlate recommendations in mind, here’s WHAT to choose and WHAT to limit in designing a healthy meal to suit your taste
Half of your plate non-starchy veggies (broccoli, lettuce, peppers).
A quarter of your plate grains and starchy foods (brown rice, potatoes, oatmeal).
Another quarter of your plate low fat protein foods (chicken, lean meat, fish).
A small amount of low fat dairy (1 cup skim milk).
A small amount of fruit (one apple, half a banana, 1⁄2 cup berries).
A drink that has low or no calories (water, sparkling water, coffee without sugar)
Choose items that are:
Low in calories, fat, sugar and sodium.
High in fiber and water.
High in vitamins, minerals, and protein.
Limit items that are:
High in calories, fat, and sugar.
Low in fiber and water.
Low in vitamins, minerals, and protein.
Foods to Choose
Grains and starchy foods:
Foods to Limit
Packaged & Processed foods:
Food Substitutions to Consider
Here are some choices you could make instead of high-fat, high-calorie foods:
Choose fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks.
Serve vegetarian dinners several times a week.
Eat fruit for dessert.
Use low-fat or fat-free margarine, mayonnaise, cheese, cream cheese, salad dressing, frozen
yogurt, sour cream.
Use skim or 1% milk.
|Food||Low-fat flavorings you can consider|
- Herbs, spices, lemon juice, low-fat dressing make veggies taste better
- Low-fat margarine (small amount), nonfat sour cream, Low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt
- Salsa, mustard, and fat free broth
|Bread||Nonfat cream cheese, low-fat margarine (small amount), all-fruit jams|
|Salads||Nonfat or low-fat salad dressing, lemon juice, vinegar|
|Pasta||Spaghetti sauce with low-fat protein, chopped vegetables, white sauce made with skim or 1% milk|
|Meats||BBQ sauce, hot sauce, catsup, lemon juice, or Worcestershire sauce.|
Find ways to lower the fat you eat
Remember even small amounts of high-fat foods are high in calories. Healthy eating means eating less fat and fewer calories.