Eating the right types and amount of food can help keep you healthy and lower your risk of getting long-lasting diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends starting with the following steps to help make your diet healthier:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
- Make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half your grains whole grains.
- Switch to skim or 1% milk.
Foods to Reduce
- Compare the salt (sodium) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals -- and choose foods with lower numbers. Click here for a helpful way to watch your sodium.
- Drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.
Want meal ideas that follow the MyPlate guidelines? Check out the MyPlate Recipes Pinterest board.