Follow the Choose My Plate guidelines and make at least half of your grains whole grains instead of refined grains.
Choose whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat breads and brown rice, as opposed to their white counterparts.
Read the food label’s ingredient list. “Refined” or “Enriched” ingredients should be avoided. Also avoid added sugars (sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, maple syrup, or raw sugar).
As a whole grain, popcorn can be a healthy snack if made with little or no added salt and butter.
More Smart Eating TipsSmart Eating is a series of nutrition tips to help you transform your eating habits. A new tip will be added on weekdays throughout the month of October.
- Eat 3 Meals Every Day
- Focus on Balance, Variety and Proportion
- Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
Learn more about healthy eating on October 26, 2012 at WomenCare First Annual Day of Health: Be Strong, Be Happy, Be Healthy. Registered Dietitian Ann Marie Smokowski will present “Anti-Inflammatory Eating: The Mediterranean Lifestyle.” Click here for details.