Healthy Eating

Create a rainbow of colors on your plate and enjoy the benefits. It’s all about finding healthier, tastier items that fit into your schedule and budget.

You Deserve a Colorful Plate

Let us help you find delicious ideas that work with your life.


Money

It can be hard to make changes in your grocery budget with all of the things you have to pay for each month.

Fresh fruits and veggies may seem expensive, but planning and sticking to a monthly or weekly food budget is one of the best ways you can save money while eating the fresh fruits and veggies you need. Try implementing the five easy steps at Eatright.org to help you figure out how much money to spend on food for your family.

If your grocery budget is tight, check out the My Healthy Life Resources section for additional information.


Access

Grocery shopping can be overwhelming, and make it difficult to lead a healthier lifestyle. When you go to the grocery store, keep these things in mind to keep you on track towards your health goals.

  • Make a list – Stick to it to avoid spending money where on things that aren’t as important.
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry – You’ll stray from your list and buy things you didn’t mean to.
  • Pay attention – Look at size of products because the larger option is not always the best price. Don’t be fooled by the flashy ads and packaging..
  • Shop the perimeter – Concentrate your shopping on the outer rim of the store, which is where the healthy foods like fresh produce, meat and seafood typically are.
  • Look at the nutrition labels – Limit foods with high sugars, cholesterol, trans-fats, or sodium.
  • Check for fruits and veggies in season – Sometimes fruits and veggies are less expensive when they’re in season. Local farmer’s markets are also a great option for these! For more information about a farmer’s market near you check here
  • Limit snacks, deserts and soda – Avoid things that don’t provide any nutrition.

Easy Prep and Scheduling

When a mid-morning or late-afternoon craving hits, be prepared to grab a healthy snack fast. Consider simple ways to make fresh fruit and vegetables easily available to you and your family. Here are a few ideas:

  • It can be hard to remember to make healthier choices. For a handy snack, keep cut-up fruits and veggies like carrots, peppers, cucumber or orange slices in the refrigerator in plain view.
  • Slicing up produce can be messy and take time, but dried fruits and some veggies are tasty and easy to carry.
  • There are fruits like bananas, apples and pears that will stay fresh on the counter for about a week. Keep a bowl of fruit on a table so you can grab and go.
  • An apple makes the perfect quick snack – and there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples to try!
  • Busy schedules or eating in front of the TV can get in the way of making healthier eating decisions. Take time to eat with a group or one other person as much as possible. You can make healthier eating more fun!

Easy Storage


Bringing home fresh fruits and veggies and keeping them fresh can seem difficult. You don’t want them to get bruised or soft too quick. So what’s the best way to keep them crisp, juicy and fresh? Take a look at these great storage tips on FoodHero.org to make your food last.


Preferences

Some people just don’t like the taste of fruits and veggies so they don’t include produce in their diet at all. However, sometimes it’s as simple as cutting down the sugar and junk food. Many find that fruits and vegetables actually taste better after doing this!

There are healthy alternatives and ways to prepare fruits and veggies so they taste better and you can use to replace some other types of food in your diet:

  • Kale or fried zucchini chips instead of potato chips
  • Frozen grapes instead of candy
  • Roasted sweet potatoes instead of French fries
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