Fruits and Vegetables
Eat the rainbow
- Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of bright colors - the greater the variety of colors on your plate, the wider the array of vitamins and minerals you get.
Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned?
- All can be part of a healthy diet! Just keep an eye out for added sugars and sodium listed on the nutrition label.
- 3+ SERVINGS OF VEGGIES PER DAY. One serving = one cup
- 2 SERVINGS OF FRUIT PER DAY. One serving = one cup
Grains and Starches
- Whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, popcorn, and whole wheat products contain more protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber than refined grains to reduce your risk of heart and bowel diseases and better manage your weight.
What about starches?
- Starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas, and corn can all be part of a healthy diet! Just keep an eye on portion size and avoid eating them fried.
- 6-8 SERVINGS PER DAY.
- 1 serving = 1 oz. slice bread; 1 cup dry cereal; ½ cup cooked rice, pasta, cereal, potatoes, peas, corn
Think lean to grow strong!
- Protein keeps your skin, muscles, and bones healthy, but choosing lower fat options like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products will also help keep your heart healthy.
Don't forget plant powerhouses
- Plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, edamame, tofu, nuts, seeds, and nut butters provide the added benefit of fiber, so be sure to give these a try as well!
- 5-6 OUNCES PER DAY.
- 1 oz. = 1 oz. cooked meats; 1 egg; ¼ cup beans; 1 tbsp. nut butter; ½ oz. nuts or seeds