You can eat healthy and enjoy it, too

You can eat healthy and enjoy it, too

While you may find it hard to believe now, eating healthy can be enjoyable. An important first step is to refocus and think about healthy eating in a positive way…think about all the new foods you “get to” try, rather than the foods you “can’t” have.

To help keep eating healthy fresh, try these other tips:

Focus on fruits.

Venture beyond your go-to fruit staples, such as apples or bananas. Try mango, kiwi or pineapple as change-ups. When your favorites aren’t in season, opt for frozen or canned fruit. Just make sure the canned fruit you choose is packed in water or its own juices so you avoid unnecessary sugars.

Choose calcium-rich foods.

Make the switch to low-fat or fat free milk. You can also try low-fat and fat-free yogurt without added sugars.

Try a new twist on an old favorite.

For favorite recipes that call for breaded or fried chicken or fish, opt for baking or grilling instead. You might also try dry beans in place of higher-fat meats.

Change up your veggie routine.

You may find that you love grilled or steamed vegetables when prepared with a different herb, like rosemary or sage. Sauté in a non-stick pan with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray. Used frozen or canned (without added salt, butter or cream sauces) for a quick side dish. Make it your goal to try one new vegetable each week.

Calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) in Adults

Underweight Less than 18.5
Normal 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight 25.0 to 29.9
Obese 30.0 or higher
To calculate your BMI, visit CDC.gov.

For more healthy eating and recipe ideas, visit the Healthy Eating section of our blog.

If you need help managing your weight, we have physicians and dietitians who can help. Call Marshall Internal Medicine at 304-691-1000 to schedule an appointment.

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