Nutrition tips for healthy eating

Are you looking for ways to make healthy eating a little easier? While there's lots of nutrition information out there, it may be hard to know fact from fiction — or how to start making healthy eating a habit. Let's take a look at some simple ways to help make healthy eating part of everyday life, whether that's learning nutrition basics, getting tips on mindful eating or choosing foods to eat that may help boost your mood. 

What is a healthy diet?

Healthy eating is about balance. Following a healthy diet may improve your mood, may give you more energy and might feed your body good nutrients. According to the CDC, a healthy eating plan:1

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

You can enjoy your favorite comfort foods in moderation — even foods that might feel decadent, like desserts. However, the key may be to eat them only occasionally and balance them with healthy foods and physical activity.1

What are dietary guidelines?

Have you ever wondered how many fruits, vegetables and grain-based foods you should eat per day? Are you curious what a healthy eating pattern might include? Luckily, there are guidelines that are updated every year that are intended to help you understand healthy options (and why they’re healthy).

What foods should I eat to fuel my workout?

Understanding the types of nutrients your body needs to help support exercise may be a helpful way to plan for your pre- and post-workout meals — and reap even more benefits during your workout. 

What is mindful eating?

What you eat may be nearly as important as how you eat. Mindful eating is not a diet. It’s about slowing down and becoming aware of how you experience food.

What is the Mediterranean diet meal plan?

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to improved heart and brain health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends it to even help prevent chronic disease, like obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.2 See why this style of eating may be so popular in the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Spain, France and Italy and why so many Americans are learning about its benefits. 

How can I eat healthy on a budget?

With a little planning and creativity, you might be able to work healthier foods into your diet. See how you can save money by creating weekly menus and shopping a little differently, too.