Healthy Eating Habits

Cut whole grain pita bread in wedges, top with a little grated Parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil, then broil till golden brown, for a great crispy treat with soups.

Try to make at least one meal technology-free: no texting, no laptop, no TV. It's a nice change, whether eating alone or with family or friends, and you'll pay more attention to enjoying your food.

Rinse and "spin" lettuce as soon as you bring it home, then layer with paper towels or clean dish towels in a bag or container in the fridge. You'll eat more salads if your lettuce is ready to use – and it can last up to two weeks this way. (Bagged salad greens are also handy, but much more expensive.)

Invest in a slow cooker. You'll be amazed at the healthy (and easy!) meals you can get out of one—soups, stews, roasts, chickens, and even vegetables can be ready and waiting for you when you get home in the evening. Click here for No-Soak Crock Pot Black Beans.

Make a point to discover what sort of local, seasonal produce can be found near you. It's a good way to connect with the local community—and you'll enjoy the freshness and superior flavor.

Start a casual cooking or eating group with friends or co-workers who are also interested in sharing healthy, delicious foods at home, at work, or out at restaurants. You'll be sure to try new foods and learn new techniques and recipes.

Use over-ripe bananas to make smoothies. Put one banana in a blender with an equal amount of frozen berries. Add milk (or soy or almond milk) to cover, and blend. No ice needed, with frozen berries.

A good portion control trick is to use your salad plates as dinner plates. This will start you off with a smaller portion of everything; after you finish, wait for a bit to see if you need a second helping.

Frozen veggie burgers are a great quick dinner; wilt some spinach at the same time in the pan you're cooking them in, top with sliced tomatoes and serve on whole grain toast for a balanced 10-minute dinner.

Grilling is a fun and healthy way to cook just about anything! Vegetables, pizza, chicken, fish—even fruit take on great texture and flavor, and it gets you out of the house on a nice summer evening.

Your version of dining al fresco (i.e., outside)—can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like. Fresh air, natural light, friends, and conversation all lend festivity to a meal.

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Healthy Eating Habits