10 Steps to Building a Healthy Meal Plan
A healthy diet consists of eating more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of lean protein and whole grains. The key is adjusting the portion sizes on your plate to consume more of the foods you need without adding too many calories. Dairy is also an important part of a healthy meal. It can be included as a beverage along with your meal or add low-fat or fat-free dairy foods to your plate. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) offers 10 tips on how to build healthier meals.
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6. Eat slowly
Take your time when eating. Eating slowly will
allow you to savor your food and enjoy great
flavor and different textures. Eating too fast can
cause you to eat way too much.
7. Use a smaller or divided plate
Using a smaller plate or a plate divided into three
sections will help maintain portion control. This
will allow you to finish the whole plate and still
help you feel satiated without overeating.
8. Take control
Eat your meals at home as much as possible.
This way you will know exactly what kind of
foods you are eating. If you do eat out, make
yourself aware of the nutrition information. Make
healthier choices by choosing baked foods instead
of fried foods.
9. Try eating new and varied foods
Try out some new foods you've never had before
to keep it interesting. Something different may
become your new favorite. Trade recipes with
your friends and family or find a variety online.
10. Eat healthy sweets
Dessert or “sweets” don't necessarily have to be
unhealthy. Fruits are naturally sweet and make a
great dessert dish. Try eating fresh fruit cocktail or
make a healthy fruit parfait made with yogurt and
strawberries, blueberries or any other fruit you enjoy.
Baked apples topped with cinnamon makes a healthy