Healthy Food Ideas

Smart Snacking Tips:

A healthy snack includes 1 to 2 food groups like fruit and a handful of nuts, whole grain crackers and cheese, or vegetables and hummus. Your snack should be a small portion. You should measure it out on a plate and not eat out of the box or bag. Make sure you only snack when hungry, not out of boredom, or when stressed or upset. Too much snacking may lead to weight gain. Avoid snacking while working, watching TV, or playing on the computer. You are more likely to eat more while distracted.

Snacks to keep at work:

A medium piece of fresh fruit such as a banana, pear, apple, or orange with some nuts would be a good suggestion. 2 cups of popcorn mixed with nuts or trail mix are also options. Also, single serve prepackaged fruit or nuts would be healthy options.

Snacks to take with you:

Options could be: veggies, bread and peanut butter, packaged dried fruit, or a granola bar are all good take along snacks.

Snacks to have at home:

Any kind of veggies with hummus or guacamole dip are good snack options. Fresh fruit with yogurt, crackers and cheese, or a small bowl of cereal would also be healthy options at home.

Snacks can be a healthy part of your day if you choose small portions of nutritious items. Keep healthy snack on hand for when hunger strikes.

Balancing Food & Physical Activity

Maintaining a healthy weight is not easy! In a world full of quick fixes and fad diets, the emphasis is not about healthy eating. To keep a healthy weight, it is important to eat healthy and be active.

Eat a variety of foods

Choose a variety of foods every day; it is important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy. All foods, including your favorites, fit in a healthy diet! Eat treats in moderation, keeping your serving size small.

Exercise Regularly

One of the most important steps in maintaining your weight is to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity. Older adults should incorporate aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening activity and balance training for those at risk for falls. Always talk to your doctor before starting a physical activity program.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water keeps you hydrated without adding calories. Drink when you are thirsty, but try to drink more in hot weather or when exercising.

Eat Regular Meals

Eating breakfast helps you feel full throughout the day. Eating three smaller meals and a couple of healthy snacks may help you stay fueled throughout the day.