What healthy food choices should I make?
Eat smaller portions. Learn what a serving size is for different foods and how many servings you need in a meal.
Eat less fat.
Choose fewer high-fat foods and use less fat for cooking. You especially want to limit foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fat, such as:
• Fatty cuts of meat.
• Fried foods.
• Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk.
• Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies.
• Salad dressings.
• Lard, shortening, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.
What should I eat more of?
Eat more fiber by eating more whole-grain foods. Whole grains can be found in:
• Breakfast cereals made with 100% whole grains.
• Whole grain rice.
• Whole-wheat bread, bagels, pita bread, and tortillas.
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit and 100% fruit juices most of the time. Eat plenty of veggies like these:
• Dark green veggies (e.g., broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts).
• Orange veggies (e.g., carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash).
• Beans and peas (e.g., black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils).
What should I eat less of?
Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar, such as:
• Fruit-flavored drinks.
• Tea or coffee sweetened with sugar.
Use less salt in cooking and at the table.
Eat fewer foods that are high in salt, such as:
• Canned and package soups.
• Canned vegetables.
• Processed meats.