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Advice for Healthy Eating

I’m trying to eat healthier, but I need some advice. I heard about MyPlate, but how do I make that work for me?
Advice for Healthy Eating

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Changing your eating habits takes some time but is well worth the effort. Here are the top 10 tips from

  1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Choose red, orange and dark green vegetables more often.
  2. Add lean protein, such as lean beef, pork, chicken, turkey or beans.
  3. Include whole grains. Look for 100% whole grain on the food label.
  4. Don’t forget the dairy. Pair your meal with a cup of fat-free or low-fat milk.
  5. Avoid extra fat. Try sprinkling low-fat Parmesan cheese or lemon on vegetables instead of heavy sauces.
  6. Take your time. Eat slowly. Enjoy the taste and textures of foods.
  7. Use a smaller plate.
  8. Take control of your food. Eat at home more often.  Try baked foods instead of fried.
  9. Try new foods, such as mango, lentils or kale.
  10. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthful way. Try fruit for dessert. Make a fruit parfait with yogurt. Bake apples and top with cinnamon.


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service


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