Healthy Eating Habits

Salads aren't just for lunch and dinner. Fresh greens with a vinaigrette are a wonderful, fresh option to enjoy with egg or tofu scrambles for breakfast.

If you eat red meat, look for a source for local grass-fed beef, which has a much healthier fat profile (twice as many Omega-3s) and support your local agriculture. Check here for resources.

Enjoy takeout sandwiches when you're in a hurry, but skip the chips, mayo, and soda, and opt for whole-grain bread.

If you choose not to drink red wine, you can still get the health benefits by eating fresh red grapes or drinking grape juice, which are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids.

Try using low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock (or homemade) in place of water when cooking rice, bulgur, couscous, farro, barley, and other whole grains. It adds a lot of low-calorie flavor.

Dessert doesn't have to be loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. Enjoy fruit—fresh, baked, macerated or poached—with a small amount of dark chocolate, a small scoop of ice cream, or some grappa. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied and you won't be uncomfortably full.

Always go to the grocery store with a list and NOT on an empty stomach. Pick out one reasonable "treat" per visit to keep the deprivation devils at bay.

Keep a variety of no-added-sugar dried fruit on hand for when your bananas have entered banana-bread stage. Dried fruit packs more calories than the same amounts of fresh, so keep portions to a small handful.

Add frozen peas to just about anything—soup, pasta sauce, pasta, grains—for extra veggies and fiber. Add at the end of cooking so they stay firm and sweet.

Take your own snacks to movies and when travelling: dried fruit and nuts, homemade cookies, bottled water and juices, or baked chips or pretzels. You'll save money and calories.

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Healthy Eating Habits