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Fruits – Focus on whole fruits:

  • Eat seasonally! Checking what fruits are in season in your area can help save money.
  • Craving something sweet? Try dried fruits like cranberries, mango, apricots, cherries, or raisins.
  • To meet your fruit goal—keep fresh fruit rinsed and where you can see it. Reach for a piece when you need a snack.

Vegetables – Vary your veggies:

  • Vary your veggies by adding a new vegetable to a different meal each day.
  • Add color to salads with baby carrots, shredded red cabbage, or green beans. Include seasonal veggies for variety throughout the year.
  • Vegetables go well with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat dip or hummus with raw broccoli, red and yellow peppers, sugar snap peas, celery, cherry tomatoes or cauliflower.

Grains – Make half your grains whole grains:

  • Popcorn is a whole grain! Pop a bag of low-fat or fat-free popcorn for a healthier snack.
  • Whole grain pasta is great in baked dishes or pasta salad. If you choose refined grain pasta, make sure it’s enriched by checking the ingredient list.
  • Ready-to-eat, wholegrain cereal is a tasty breakfast option or can be enjoyed as a whole grain snack.

Protein Foods – Vary your protein routine:

  • Make dinner once and serve it twice. Roast a larger cut of lean meat. Make a second meal using the ‘planned-over’ meat.
  • For car trips, pack a mixture of unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a crunchy, protein-packed snack.
  • Keep seafood on hand. Seafood, such as canned salmon, tuna, or crab and frozen fish is quick and easy to prepare.

Dairy – Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt:

  • Make a smoothie by blending fat-free milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. Try bananas, peaches, or mixed berries.
  • For breakfast try low-fat or fat-free yogurt. Mix in cereal or fruit for extra flavor, texture and nutrients.
  • Adding 8 oz. of low-fat or fat-free milk to your meal is one of the easiest ways to get dairy.

Limits – Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fats and added sugars:

  • Many processed foods contain high amounts of sodium. Choose fresh vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood when possible.
  • Using spices or herbs, such as dill, chili powder, paprika, or cumin, and lemon or lime juice, can add flavor without adding salt.
  • Keep it lean and flavorful. Try grilling, broiling, roasting, or baking—they don’t add extra fat.
  • Simple substitutions can help you stay within your saturated fat limit. Try using nonfat yogurt when you make tuna or chicken salad.
  • Split the sweet treats and share with a family member or friend.
  • Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugars.
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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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