Frances Largeman-Roth shared five top tips for staying healthy in 2016!
Power your plate with plants. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines are really focused on overall healthy dietary patterns, rather than individual nutrients. I especially love that plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes are at the heart of the recommendations. Choosing these foods more often is a great first step toward improving your diet.
More than half of Americans are eating three to four snacks each dayi. Adding smart snacks to your diet can help you stay energized throughout the day. Choosing foods that have a mix of protein, fiber and good fat* will not only keep hunger at bay, but also improve the quality of our diet. Almonds are right on target with 6 grams of satisfying protein and 4 grams of filling fiber and good mono- and polyunsaturated fats in each 1-ounce serving. I like to snack on them plain, when I’m on the go, or tossed in my Power Protein Granola (recipe below) atop yogurt.
Don’t fear fat! Fat—the good kind—should be part of your daily diet. Cutting back on saturated fats and adding more foods rich in good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may play a role in lowering heart disease risk factors. Spread mashed avocado on your sandwich or try an oven “fried” chicken breaded with a crunchy almond coating to boost your intake of good fats.
Start with small changes, like modifying recipes to include more of the foods you should increase (e.g. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts) and less of those you should reduce, and practicing portion control. Look at where your diet is now and think about where you want it to be. How can you get there? My favorite portion control trick is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – 1 serving of almonds = 23 nuts.
Get active: Healthy habits go beyond the plate. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recognize that a combination of healthy diet and regular physical activity is key in promoting overall wellbeing. Whether I’m chasing after my kids or enjoying a morning jog, I love taking my exercise outside!
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