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Healthy Can Be a No-Brainer

There are plenty of ways to take small steps that help you and your family stay on the right road to maintaining a healthy weight – and attitude. Just like anything, the easier it is to do, the more likely you all are to do it.

Think you’re doing all you can to keep your body healthy? See if you can’t kick it up a notch by adding just one more of these tips into your routine.

Make Choosing Easier
  • Put a bowl of washed fruit, like grapes or apples, on the table so everyone can grab a healthy snack without thinking.
  • Keep cut up broccoli, carrots, snow peas and celery stalks in a container. Place a smaller container of fat-free or low-fat dip in with the veggies.
  • Go to the checkout line that doesn’t have a candy display.
  • Serve or try a new fruit or vegetable once a month.
  • Always eat before going to the grocery store; always bring a shopping list.

Make Portions Smarter
  • Share an entrée or take half home.
  • Eat off smaller plates at home.
  • Order an appetizer or side dish instead of a large entrée.
  • Don't serve or go back for seconds.
  • Eat fruit for dessert.
  • Always share sugary desserts if you can’t resist ordering it.
  • To reduce temptation, don't keep sweets at home.
  • Cut high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into small pieces and only eat a few pieces.
  • Skip buffets.

Wise Up on Prep
  • Cut back or eliminate added oils and fat when cooking.
  • Grill, steam, or bake – don’t fry.
  • Add flavor with herbs, spices, and low-fat seasonings.
  • Use fat-free or low-fat yogurt, sour cream, mayo, sauces, dressings, and condiments.
  • Prepare several whole-grain foods daily (oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, barley).
  • Buy low/no-sugar cereal and top it with sliced apples, bananas or whole berries.

Eat Wisely
  • Keep to a regular dining schedule so you eat before you get too hungry.
  • Eat with friends at school and work and with family at home most of the week.
  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Drink a glass of water before every meal.
  • Stop eating when you’re full.
  • Don't eat late at night.
  • Ask for a salad instead of fries, and get the dressing on the side.
  • Chew slowly and enjoy every bite, paying attention to flavors and textures.
  • Drink water or low-fat milk with meals, not soda or sugary drinks.
  • Bring a healthy lunch, with things you like to eat, to school and work.

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