By Imelda DelChambre– U.W. Extension Office Nutrition Educator
Here is a way to starting the new year taking healthy steps to making healthy plates. Making half your plate fruit and vegetables, make at least half your grains whole grains, switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, and eat a variety of protein foods. Decrease your sodium-high foods like soups and breads and boxed or canned foods, choose foods low in sodium. Drink water instead of sugary drinks, eat fewer foods with added sugars and solid fats. Be active your way with activities you enjoy like swimming, dancing, playing ball, hide-and-seek, walking town, parks or trails. Have fun being active and your children will want to be active as well. Create meal times with meals at the same time every day. Avoid grazing or snacking on foods all day. Think before you eat. Don’t eat foods that make you more upset or depressed. A good piece of advice is to always think BEFORE you eat.