Eat Right


What healthy food choices should I make?

Eat smaller portions. Learn what a serving size is for different foods and how many servings you need in a meal.

Eat less fat.
Choose fewer high-fat foods and use less fat for cooking. You especially want to limit foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fat, such as:

  • • Fatty cuts of meat.
  • • Fried foods.
  • • Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk.
  • • Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies.
  • • Salad dressings.
  • • Lard, shortening, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.

What should I eat more of?
Eat more fiber by eating more whole-grain foods. Whole grains can be found in:

  • • Breakfast cereals made with 100% whole grains.
  • • Oatmeal.
  • • Whole grain rice.
  • • Whole-wheat bread, bagels, pita bread, and tortillas.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit and 100% fruit juices most of the time. Eat plenty of veggies like these:

  • • Dark green veggies (e.g., broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts).
  • • Orange veggies (e.g., carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash).
  • • Beans and peas (e.g., black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils).

What should I eat less of?
Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar, such as:

  • • Fruit-flavored drinks.
  • • Sodas.
  • • Tea or coffee sweetened with sugar.

Use less salt in cooking and at the table.
Eat fewer foods that are high in salt, such as:

  • • Canned and package soups.
  • • Canned vegetables.
  • • Pickles.
  • • Processed meats.