Friday, October 02, 2009

Improve your family's diet

It's no secret that eating more of certain foods - and less of others - can help keep you healthy. But, if changing your family's meals seems like a giant leap, these small steps may bring better eating a little closer to home. In the morning - Always eat breakfast. You'll be less likely to overeat later. Try oatmeal or whole-wheat pancakes or waffles. Whole grains provide fiber, vitamins and minerals. Take a bag of cut-up fruit to work or school for a mid-morning snack. This may keep you from munching on a less healthful snack. Lunchtime - In a restaurant, order your food steamed, grilled or broiled instead of fried. Fat from fried foods can lead to high cholesterol. Have a salad for your main dish. Use low-fat or nonfat dressing to keep calories down. Or, try salsa as a nonfat topping. Try lemon juice or herbs instead of salt to season foods. Too much salt is linked to higher blood pressure. Dinner - Add extra veggies to soups, sauces and casseroles. They're nutrient-packed and may reduce cancer risk. Use whole-wheat noodles or brown rice. Grill vegetable kabobs. Include tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers. Anytime - Keep a bowl of cut-up vegetables in your refrigerator for snacking. Have a fruit smoothie made with frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt and juice. Source: Helathy Mind / Healthy Body

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