Every day, there are little things we can do to help improve our diet. Here are a few simple tips for eating healthier:
- Take your favorite casserole dish and add in 1-2 additional vegetables, such as mushrooms, broccoli, or a vegetable mix, for an extra boost of nutrients. You might discover a new and healthier version you love!
- Use low-fat cooking methods like roasting, baking, broiling, steaming, or poaching instead of frying or sautéing. If you do fry or saute, try to use a low-fat cooking spray or a smaller amount of olive oil.
- Keep frozen vegetables in the refrigerator – such as peas, corn, or Brussels Sprouts – for a quick and easy-to-heat side dish with lunch and dinner.
- Substitute whole-wheat flour for up to half (or more) of the white flour called for in a recipe.
- While you're at it, try whole wheat noodles – it gives you an extra helping of fiber.
- For breakfast or an afternoon snack, try yogurt without added sugar or flavorings. Mix in fresh blueberries or strawberries instead. And beware of canned fruit – it is often packed with sugar.
- Choose lean meats – look for the words "loin" or "round" in the name.
- Instead of microwave popcorn, often high in sodium, buy un-popped popcorn and pop your own! You can add some cooking spray and sprinkle on your own flavorings such as Cajun seasoning.
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