Celebrate National Nutrition Month with these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Eat Breakfast - Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.
Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables - Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.
Watch Portion Sizes - Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size.
Get to Know Food Labels - Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter.
Reduce Added Sugars - Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition. Review ingredients on the food label to help identify sources of added sugar.
Be Active - Regular physical activity has many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can. Children and teens should get 60 or more minutes of physical activity per day, and adults at least two hours and 30 minutes per week. You don't have to hit the gym-take a walk after dinner or play a game of catch or basketball.
Choose My Plate Tip Sheet
Take a look at the Choose My Plate handout in English or Spanish or visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.