If you’re like me, you want to eat healthy. BUT, you’re so busy that it’s tough to do. Don’t worry! I found a few ways to make it easier. Here’s the 411 from me to you…
OK girls (and guys!); let's talk "diets." We all know they're out there—telling people to eat one food or another, or to avoid certain foods. You don't need these "fad diets." In fact, they can be dangerous for people our age. We're still growing and developing. And, many of these diets don't deliver the nutrition and energy we need. Instead of "going on a diet," develop a healthy eating style all your own—based on a variety of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy foods, lean meats, fish, poultry, and beans.
- Fill your "empty tank" with breakfast every morning. Breakfast gives you that first burst of energy you need. It can even help you feel sharp and focused in your morning classes. I know you need it quick 'n easy, so try these yummy ideas—cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole grain waffles, or whole grain waffles.
- Snack smart. Snacks are important for people our age. They keep us revved up between meals. Here's the trick, make healthy picks! Try a stick of low-fat string cheese, apple slices with peanut butter and raisins, or some whole grain cereal on top of low-fat yogurt.
- Eat more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. By adding these healthy powerhouses to your diet you'll score lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber — all important to feeling and looking good.
- Don't eat too much of one thing. You can still enjoy the burgers, fries, and ice cream. But, make sure you eat a variety of foods—that includes low-fat dairy, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.
- Quench your thirst with water or low-fat milk, not soda. A soda packs more than eight teaspoons of sugar — that's a lot of empty calories, not to mention what it can do to your teeth. Save soda for special occasions, not every day.
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