Find your healthy eating style this summer, maintain for your lifetime. 

Creating a healthy style means regularly eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients and calories you need. 

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating colorful fruits and vegetables is important because they provide vitamins adn minerals and most are low in calories.

Focus on whole fruits

Choose whole fruits—fresh, frozen, dried or canned in 100 percent juice. Enjoy fruit with meals, as snacks or as a desert. 

Vary your veggies

Try adding fresh, frozen or canned vegetables to salads, sides, adn main dishes. Choose a variety of colorful vegetables prepared in healthful ways: steamed, sauteed, roasted or ra!

Make half your grains whole grains

Look for whole grains listed first or second on the ingredients list—try oatmeal, popcorn, whol-grain bread and brown rice. Limit grain-based desserts and snacks, such as cakes, cookies and pastries. 

Move to low-fat or fat-free dairy

Choose lof-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and soy beverages (soymilk) to cut back on saturated fat. Replace sour cream, cream and regular cheese with low-fat yogurt, milk and cheese.

Vary yoru protein routine

Mix up your protein foods to include seafood, beans and peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, soy products, eggs and lean meats and poultry. Try main dishes made with beans or seafood like tuna salad or bean chili.

Drink and eat beverages and food with less sodium, saturated fat and added sugars

Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Water is calorie-free. Non-diet soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sugar-sweetened drinks contain a lot of calories from added sugars and have few nutrients. 

Everything you eat and drink matters

The right mix of food can help you be healthier now and into the future. 

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