Staying Healthy is easier than you Think...


Healthy eating starts with having healthy foods in your home. With so many options, knowing what to choose can be a challenge. Choosing a variety of foods from all four food groups can help you achieve a balanced, healthy eating plan.

Shop the outer aisles at the grocery store.
Spend most of your time in the bread, produce, milk and meat sections of the store, where you will find a variety of fresh

Enjoy plenty of vegetables and fruit.
Choose plenty of dark green and orange vegetables like broccoli, spinach, sweet potato and squash. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables packed in water or natural juice are as nutritious as fresh.

Make at least half your grain products whole grain.
Make at least half of your grain servings whole grain each day. There are plenty of tasty varieties of whole grains to choose from. Look for the words "whole grain whole wheat flour", whole rye, whole oat or oatmeal, whole corn, whole barley, etc., at the beginning of the ingredient list on packaged grain products and choose grain products that are low in fat, sugar and salt.

Choose lower fat milk and alternatives.
Buy skim, 1% or 2% milk or a fortified soy beverage. Plan to drink two cups every day for adequate vitamin D. Compare the Nutrition Facts table on packaged foods to help you select lower fat milk alternatives like low fat yogurt and cheeses.

Select lean meat and alternatives
Buy leaner meats and enjoy alternatives such as beans, lentils and tofu often. Eat at least two servings of fish such as herring, char, mackerel, salmon, sardines and trout each week. If you buy luncheon meats, sausages and prepackaged meats, choose those that are lower in salt and fat.

Oils and fats
Choose vegetable oils such as canola, olive, and soybean, low fat-mayonnaise and soft margarines that are low in saturated and trans fats. Limit butter, hard margarine, lard and shortening.

Limit food and beverage choices that are less healthy
Keep in mind that food and beverages that are high in calories, fat, sugar and salt should be limited but can be enjoyed at times. These include cakes and pastries, chocolate and candies, cookies and granola bars, doughnuts and muffins, ice cream and frozen desserts, french fries, potato chips, nachos and other salty snacks, alcohol, fruit flavoured drinks, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sweetened hot or cold drinks.