Healthy Eating Habits

Libations such as beer, wine, and liquor have more calories than you might expect. Cutting back on your alcohol intake is not only good for your health overall, but also your waistline.

When filling your plate, make half of it vegetables, one quarter grains (preferably whole) and one quarter protein. Increasing your vegetable intake is one of the easiest ways to improve your eating habits.

Use whole wheat flour tortillas in place of white for wraps, burritos, and quesadillas—they have a wonderful flavor and will increase your whole grain intake.

Eat fish or seafood 1-2 times a week, and choose baked, steamed, grilled, or poached preparations over fried.

If you're new to cooking and eating lots of vegetables, it can be overwhelming for you to make changes. Try picking an unfamiliar vegetable once a month, and build a meal around it. Soon your repertoire will be vast!

Choose "natural" brands of nut butters when shopping. They don't have the added sugar and hydrogenated oils that "regular" versions do. In fact, peanut oil has a similar effect of lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol as olive oil does.

Most deli meats are loaded with sodium, and some have other additives. Opt for lower-salt versions, naturally processed versions, or make that sandwich filling a "sometimes" option.

Load up your baked potatoes, eggs, soups, and beans with fresh or jarred salsa. It's a great way to add flavor and lots of extra veggies.

Munch on mucho berries in the summer months when they are freshest and most inexpensive. Freeze batches for use in baking and smoothie-making in the winter months.

When making smoothies with fruit, yogurt, and milk (dairy, soy, or rice), throw in a double handful of spinach to get veggies into one more meal. Don't let the odd color throw you off—you'll be suprised at how good it tastes!

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Healthy Eating Habits