5 Smart Ways to Eat Healthfully

Getting into a good eating pattern can help your long-term health.

It may be confusing to keep up with the latest popular diets. Some trends tell you to cut sugar, while others say that limiting fats is the way to go.

Instead of following an exclusive diet, get into the habit of eating well to benefit your overall health. Here are some ways to help you start a healthy eating pattern.

  1. Focus on the fruits and veggies
    Nutrition professionals recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Make these your main course and fill the rest of your plate with grains, protein and dairy as side options.

  2. Choose the right kinds of fats
    There are two kinds of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated fats. To reduce your risk of heart disease, pick foods with unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, and omega-3s found in foods like salmon.

    Try to limit your intake of saturated fats, which are fats found in animal products like meat, butter and whole milk.

  3. Reach for Seafood
    Vary your protein instead of the standard red meat or chicken. You can grill, steam or bake fish for a healthy alternative to frying.

  4. Make an easy sugar switch
    Swap out desserts with added sugar for fresh fruit, which contains naturally sweet flavors.

  5. Stick to natural beverage flavors
    Try to gradually cut back on the amount of sugar and cream you put in your morning coffee. Black coffee is free of sugar and calories. You can also try sipping a cup of tea for the caffeine kick without the added sweeteners.

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