What is "Healthy Eating"?
Healthy eating is feeling great, having more energy, and stabilizing your mood. Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from the main food groups, whole grains, fruit and vegetables, protein, and diary, in order to lead a healthy life.
Whole grain wheat flour is usually slightly darker than refined flour and are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. The USDA suggests that we consume at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day. Whole grain products include breads, pastas and cereals that are made with 100% whole grain.
Fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are rich in vital vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are nutrients vital for your body.It is recommended that we consume five portions of fruit and vegetables that can be either fresh, frozen, canned, or dried. This could also include one glass of 100% fruit or vegetable juice.
Your body needs protein for energy and building and repairing. Protein-rich foods have essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins. Proteins should make up about 20 to 25 percent of our nutritional intake. Some examples of protein are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, and soya which includes tofu. Those who do not eat any foods from animal sources, may get their protein from nuts, seeds, soy, and beans.
Dairy products are a good source of calcium, which is important for healthy bones and teeth. Dairy products include milk, yogurt, cheese, and some soy dairy products. Low fat dairy products are a more healthy choice. Calcium can also be found in broccoli, cabbage and soy milk.
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