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Keep it Simple -- Eat Healthy Foods

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Updated January 28, 2014

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Eat a balanced diet. Not a fad diet.

Jim Jurica

Skip the fad diets and choose healthy foods instead.

You can have three regular meals each day with a couple of smaller healthy snacks. Or, if you prefer, you can have five or six small meals -- just be sure you're eating enough food to give you all the nutrients you need without taking in too many calories.

Eat more fruits, berries and colorful vegetables and less processed snack foods. Choose lean protein sources and healthier fats. Avoid deep fried, gravy smothered and high-fat meat. Also, make sure at least half of the grains you consume are whole grains.

Eat less of these:

  • Battered and deep fried foods
  • Sugary sodas
  • Processed lunch meats
  • Pastries, cookies and candy
  • Greasy salty snacks
  • Prepackaged main dishes that are high in fat and sodium
  • Most canned pasta meals
  • Frozen pizzas and snacks
  • Sugary breakfast cereals
  • Frozen fried chicken, fish sticks and corn dogs

 

And eat more of these:

  • Green and brightly colored vegetables
  • Dark leafy greens and lettuce
  • Fresh fruits and berries
  • Lean turkey and chicken
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Nuts, dried fruits and healthy snacks
  • Whole grain breads and pasta
  • Healthy cooking oils like canola and olive oils
  • Grass fed beef and bison
  • Cold water oily ocean fish
  • Low or non fat milk
  • Almond or soy beverages
  • Nuts, seeds, and legumes
  • High-fiber breakfast cereals

 

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