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Nutrition News: Healthy Eating Habits

Charlyn Fargo on

Healthy Eating Habits

A lot of what we do is routine, isn't it? We typically get up about the same time and go to bed around the same time from day to day. We often buy the same foods at the grocery store and cook the same meals over a several-week period.

Fall is a great time to start a new healthy eating routine and try some new healthy recipes. It's never too late to start. Studies show that healthy eating can lower your risk of health problems, including overweight and obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.

Remember there's no one right way in this journey toward healthier eating. Start with a simple change each day, such as adding a fruit or vegetable to a dinner meal or drinking water instead of drinks that contain sugar. Small steps can add up quickly.

A few of those steps could be to choose foods with less added sugar, saturated fat and/or sodium. Another step could be cooking a healthy dinner just once a week or batch cooking on the weekends to make eating at home easier.

Here are some tips to help you choose a wider variety of foods:

 

No. 1: Add whole fruits to your grocery cart -- apples, berries, grapefruit, mango and bananas.

No. 2: Try a few new veggies, like roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes, okra and Brussels sprouts; add spinach, peppers and jicama to a salad.

No. 3: Think whole grains -- brown rice, millet, overnight oatmeal, bulgur and whole-wheat bread. Try adding barley or farro to slow-cooker vegetable soup.

No. 4: Taste a new lean protein -- a different kind of fish or a different cut of meat, such as flank steak. Go for chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. Or go meatless with beans, lentils, nuts or seeds.

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