Healthy Eating Habits

Buy instant oatmeal when it's on sale. Oatmeal is an ideal way to start the morning, and a portion ensures you get over one full serving (16g+) of tasty hot whole grains right at the start of the day.

Eating fruit as an afternoon snack is a great way to banish the 3:00 PM hungry horrors. It's a wholesome and healthy snack, full of vitamins and nutrients, and satisfies the sweet tooth without the dangers of a sugar crash afterwards.

At a restaurant, eat half (or less) of the food served on the plate. Take the rest home for lunch or dinner the next day.

Experiment with making differents types of salads—you don't need to get stuck in the lettuce-tomato-dressing rut. Fruits, beans, fish, cheeses, olives, and many different types of greens offer endless combinations.

Keep a hard cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano in your refrigerator. Even a small chunk is completely satisfying and filling, and the crystally bits are so delicious.

Pasta meals are a perfect solution for quick, delicious and healthy meals. Saute vegetables or fish while the water boils and the pasta cooks, and you're at the table in 15 minutes.

Try a new recipe once a week—and discover new ways to enjoy healthy foods and improve your creative cooking skills.

Add canned, rinsed beans (black, pinto, chickpeas, white) to pasta dishes, salsas, and salads to increase fiber and protein. It's also very inexpensive!

Tired of apples and oranges but love their portablity? At the beginning of the week, take 5 minutes to cut up some exotic fruits: mangoes, pineapple, and kiwifruit, with a spash of lime juice to prevent browning. Put in a large container and take to work for afternoon snacks for the entire week.

Parsley is more than just garnish! Add fresh chopped bunches to salads and other dishes. Packed with Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants, it's a fresh-tasting health boost, and also freshens your breath.

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Healthy Eating Habits