Healthy Eating Habits

For a pre-game, protein-loaded treat, puree lowfat cottage cheese with salsa for a dip for baked tortilla chips.

Enjoy pasta in healthy amounts: one half cup is a healthy adult portion. It may not seem like much but when you eat it with vegetables, olive oil, or other healthy ingredients you will be satisfied!

To avoid overeating at parties and buffets, sit farther away from the food tables, and limit yourself to one pass through the line (unless you're loading up on more salad or veggies!)

Use tapenades, avocado, or hummus in place of mayo for sandwiches for healthier fats and protein. If you use mayo, consider one of the brands with added omega-3s or olive oil.

Parties often result in an excess of less-healthy foods. Be the one in your social group who starts to bring in healthier options and encourage others to do so as well.

Make one dinner per week a Veggie Feast: three or four nutrient-dense vegetables (carrots, broccoli, spinach, beets, squash, tomatoes), lightly steamed, with just a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This is particulary wonderful at the end of the harvest season with farmers-market-fresh veggies, and is a great way to ensure you're getting enough of them over the week.

Dip ripe strawberries in a thin layer of melted dark chocolate, then let cool on wax paper, for an elegant and healthy dessert.

Experiment with different healthy oils. Walnut, hazelnut, avocado, flaxseed, safflower, and grapeseed oils are some options for drizzling and cooking.

Educate yourself about your favorite restaurants' cooking methods and options. If you'd like to see more healthy options, ask for them often or make suggestions—restaurants want to cater to your needs.

If you eat eggs on a regular basis, consider switching to egg whites for extra protein and less fat. Scrambling them with salsa, hot sauce, or a spoonful of olive tapenade is a great way to add flavor.

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