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Eating Healthy

January 6, 2011

Chances are you’re one of the many people vowing to eat healthier this year. It can be easy to say or write down as a goal – and it doesn’t have to be tough to get started.

First – fill your plates with vegetables! Bright colors and dark green vegetables are beautiful to look at and they’re packed with vitamins you need to feel good. You’ll also feel fuller, longer if you eat lots of vegetables thanks to how much fiber they have!

Are you a serious snacker? Keep fresh or dried fruit nearby to help you keep from grabbing cookies or chips to eat. Try using hummus or low-fat yogurt as a dip to give you something even more satisfying between meals.

If you bring your lunch to work or school – keep it up! Brown-bagging it helps save money and calories! But, take a look at what you’re packing for lunch. Is it the same thing every day? If you want to change things up, try cooking a little extra at dinner the night before. For example, if you’re making chicken, cook an extra chicken breast. You don’t have to do the same meal – instead try using the protein in a sandwich, salad or on its own.

We hear a lot about how great whole grains are – and for good reason! They’re high in fiber and full of antioxidants. Making the switch to whole grain doesn’t have to be hard either. Try using whole-grain bread instead of white for sandwiches.  Making soup? Use barley or brown rice instead of pasta or white rice. You’ll probably love the depth of flavor too!

If you’re looking to eat healthier – there’s one tip that can make a huge difference no matter what else you try. Eat breakfast. Skipping that first meal of the day sets you up to feel hungrier, grumpy and craving something that may not be great for you.

Island Dreams Yogurt Smoothie

This quick Easy Eats smoothie recipe will really get you going – and make you feel like you’re in the tropics!
Island Dreams Yogurt Smoothie

1/2 mango, peeled, pitted & sliced
1/2 papaya, peeled & seeded
1 banana
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. low-fat yogurt
2 1/2 c. ice
1/2 c. skim milk

Combine all ingredients in a smoothie maker or blender until smooth.
Serves 2

What are your favorite ways to eat healthy?