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How to make it easy to eat healthy

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How to make it easy to eat healthy

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.

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What are the basics?

Easy Ways to Eat HealthyEating healthy can include a lot of different food choices. You can pick healthy foods that fit your taste buds, your wallet, and your culture. Here are five tips to follow:

  • 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:
  • Replace highly processed foods with homemade or less-processed options. Share our infographic!
  • Avoid:
    • 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.