Since March is National Nutrition Month, we wanted to share some healthy eating tips from the American Heart Association. What is a healthy diet and how much should you eat?
The Easy Way to Eat Healthy
A healthy eating pattern is about smart choices. The American Heart Association suggests these daily amounts.*
- Vegetables– canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 5 servings
- Fruits– canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 4 servings
- Whole grains– barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal, popcorn and whole wheat bread, crackers & pasta; 3-6 servings
- Dairy– low fat (1%) and fat-free; 3 servings
- Proteins – eggs, fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, poultry & seeds; 1-2 servings
- Oils – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated canola, olive, peanut, safflower & sesame oil; 3 Tbsp
Food should give you energy – not weigh you down!
With a few simple changes, you can make eating healthy your easiest habit.
- Limit– sugary drinks, sweets, fatty meats, and salty or highly processed foods
- Avoid– partially hydrogenated oils, tropical oils, and excessive calories
- Replace– highly processed foods with homemade or less-processed options
- Enjoy– a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, especially fruits & veggies
- Keep– healthy habits even when you eat away from home
*Servings are based on AHA’s Healthy US-Style Eating Pattern for 2,000 calories/day. Your calories needs may be different. Servings equivalent may depend on form of food. More info on serving sizes is at heart.org/servings.
Learn more at heart.org/healthyforgood.