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How to Make Healthy Food Choices

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
02/26/15  4:58 PM PST
Make Healthy Food Choices

This National Nutrition Month®, focus on making choices that help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. Eating better not only makes you feel better, it improves your quality of life!

 

Know your limits: Determine the amount of daily calories that’s right for you based on your age, weight, goals and activity level on USDA’s SuperTracker website.

Know what’s in your food: Look up calorie and nutrient info for more than 8,000 foods and compare foods side-by-side on Food-A-Pedia.

Read food labels: The nutrition facts panel on packaged foods provides key info, such as serving size and servings per container. You’ll also find amounts of important nutrients per serving, such as calories, fat, sodium, sugars and fiber.

Keep track of what you eat: Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition goals on Food Tracker.

Plan ahead: Check online before heading to a restaurant. Most restaurant chains post calories, fat and other nutrients on their websites.

Pro tip: Use an app or website, like CalorieKing™, to check calories and nutrients at fast food chains and restaurants.

 

Look for key nutrients: Eat more foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats and cancer-fighting plant compounds. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds and other plant foods are chock-full of key nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

 

Stay informed: Subscribe to daily health tips in your email inbox from trusted sources like Health Finder.

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