Practice Healthy Eating

Choose whole, plant-based foods that are fiber-filled, nutrient dense, health-promoting and disease-fighting! Consider veggies, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds as your dietary “North Star.”

What does a healthy plate look like?

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to diet or give up the foods you love. It means that most of the time you make smart choices. Try to eat more meals at home. Eat less fast food and processed foods (packaged/canned foods).

Eating Smarter Can Help With

  • More energy
  • Stronger bones
  • Healthy weight
  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Better health
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Sleep issues
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Drink water at meals. Limit dairy and avoid sugary drinks.


50% Fruits & Vegetables

The more veggies - and the greater the variety - the better. Potatoes and french fries don't count! Eat plenty of fruits of all colors!


25% Protein-Rich Foods

Choose fish, poultry, beans, and nuts; limit red meat; avoid bacon, lunch meat, and other processed meats.


25% Fiber-Rich Foods

Eat whole grains (like brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and whole-grain pasta). Limit refined grains (like white rice and white bread).

Helpful tips to eating smarter

  • Eat smaller portions (Use a 9-inch plate and 4oz. glass)
  • Plan, make, and eat healthy meals
  • Eat together as a family
  • Bring a water bottle wherever you go
  • Try at least one new recipe per week
  • Use no salt added or low sodium canned food options
  • Cut down on sugar sweetened drinks (sweet tea, soda)
  • Plant a garden
  • Buy in-season fruits and vegetables/shop at farmers market
  • Keep cut veggies in the fridge ready for snacking
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it
  • Eat less processed meats (lunch meat, bacon, steak, hamburger)
  • Track your food and activity with a food diary or the MFitnessPal app
  • Manage food cravings and binge eating with the EatRightNow app

Our Favorite Healthy Recipes

  • All
  • Entree
  • Side
  • Smoothie
  • Snack

Lentil Vegetable Soup

West African Peanut Chili

Pumpkin Parfait

Pico de Gallo

Healthy Potato Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Zucchini & Squash Fritters

Fruit Salsa w/Pita Chips

Pesto Chickpea Salad

Lifestyle Medicine

An evidence-based approach to preventing, treating and even reversing diseases by replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive ones.