Tip: Pack it up.

On long commutes or shopping trips, pack fruit, cut-up vegetables, low-fat string cheese sticks, or a small bag of unsalted nuts for healthy snacking. –Video: On the Go Snack Boxes

Tip: Have fun and be active.

Physical activity shouldn’t be a chore. Choose activities that you enjoy and that fit your lifestyle. –Benefits of physical activity Click image below to view larger

Tip: Rethink your drink.

Americans drink about 400 calories every day! Consider how often you drink sugary beverages such as sodas, flavored lattes, energy drinks, fruit beverages, sweetened teas, and sports drinks. Drinking water instead of sugary beverages can help you manage your calories. –Learn more about beverages Click image to view larger

Tip: Meet half way.

Introduce whole grains bit by bit. Mix whole-grain cereal into your favorite cereal to make half your grains whole. –Whole grain food gallery Click image to view larger.

Tip: Variety is key.

Vary your protein food choices. Eat a variety of foods from the Protein Foods Group each week. Experiment with main dishes made with beans or peas, nuts, soy, and seafood. Recipe: black bean wrap Click image below to view larger

Tip: Start today the whole grain way.

Choose foods with “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grains” on the label. Or check the ingredient list to see if the word “whole” is before the first ingredient listed (for example, whole-wheat flour). If it is, it’s whole grain. –Whole grains: nutrients and health benefits –More tips to help you eat whole grains

Tip: Don’t forget your dairy.

Foods like fat-free and low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, and fortified soy beverages (soy milk) help to build and maintain strong bones needed for everyday activities. –Dairy: nutrients and health benefits –Tips for making healthy dairy choices

Tip: Keep it safe.

Always use a clean cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw seafood, meat, and poultry. Never place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw food. –More tips to help keep food safe –Food safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Tip: Create your own.

Make your own snack mixes from dry whole-grain cereal, dried fruit, and unsalted nuts or seeds. Provide ingredient options and allow kids to create a personal blend. –Track snacks and meals with SuperTracker Click image to view larger

Tip: Eat seasonally!

Checking what fruits and vegetables are in season in your area can help save money. They cost less and are likely to be at their peak flavor. –More tips to help you save more at the store Click the image below to view larger


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