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Continued: Tips for eating more healthfully

  • Article by: ROBERT RODRIGUEZ , Fresno Bee
  • Last update: January 8, 2014 - 3:37 PM


7. Plant your own garden. Growing your own food helps increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and gets children more interested in what they are eating.


8. Try healthy snacks. Limit salty and fried snack foods such as potato chips. This time of year, stock up on winter fruits for snacks and at mealtime. “Put a bowl of four to five peeled mandarins and two to three sliced pears at the dinner table for one more side dish,” said Dorie Lim, a registered dietitian. “Trust me, they’ll disappear.” Dried fruits and nuts also are a good source of healthy snacks. Raisins, figs, prunes, almonds, pistachios and walnuts all are good options.


9. Choose low-fat or nonfat milk products. Also, try using low-fat plain yogurt or avocados — which have heart-healthy fat — for dipping vegetables or other healthy snacks.


10. Use smaller plates to help with portion control. Also, tall, slender glasses help reduce the amount of soda or juice you drink. When you eat from smaller plates, you feel satisfied without overeating.


For more tips, visit the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s website,


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