Many of us want to eat healthy, but, how do you cut through the noise about what to eat (and what not to eat)?
Food should give you energy – not weigh you down! With a few simple changes, you can make eating healthy your easiest habit. We’re here to share with you the easy way to eat healthy.
What are the basics?
- Enjoy – a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, especially fruits & veggies. Check out our list below to know how much you should eat!
- Limit these foods:
- Sugary drinks: Start by learning about sugar. Then, check out our campaign on giving healthy beverage choices to kids!
- Fatty meats
- Salty or highly processed foods: Do you know if processed foods can be healthy?
- Replace highly processed foods with homemade or less-processed options. Share our infographic!
- Partially hydrogenated oils
- Tropical oils. Confused about what oils are ok? Learn more from our blog post and infographic.
- Excessive calories
- Keep – healthy habits even when you eat from home
How much should I eat?
Now that you know the basics, how much should you eat* each day from each food group?
- Vegetables: Eat 5 servings of canned, dried, fresh or frozen
- Fruits: Enjoy 4 servings canned, dried, fresh or frozen
- Whole grains: Go for 3-6 servings of barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal, popcorn and whole wheat bread, crackers or pasta
- Dairy: Sip, slurp, spoon, or slice 3 servings low fat (1%) and fat-free
- Proteins: Dish out 1-2 servings of eggs, fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, poultry or seeds
- Oils: Use 3 tablespoons polyunsaturated and monounsaturated canola, olive, peanut, safflower or sesame oil
What is your favorite healthy eating tip?
*Servings are based on AHA’s Healthy US-Style Eating Pattern for 2,000 calories/day. Your calories needs may be different. Servings equivalent may depend on form of food. More info on serving sizes is at heart.org/servings.