- Remember – a good balance of the right foods, along with regular exercise and your prescribed medications, can help you feel better and stay healthier.
- As with any meal, pay attention to portion size and enjoy every dish as part of your overall meal plan.
- Cut the saturated fat by reducing the amount of meat, cheese and dairy products called for – and choosing the leanest versions of each. Try skinless poultry or reduced-fat cheese in your next meal.
- Fat-free Greek yogurt is a great secret weapon – it’s rich and creamy like sour cream, without any fat. Stir into soups or sauces to add creaminess.
- Keep carbohydrates down by watching portion size on carb-rich ingredients like pasta, bread and potatoes. Try an open-faced sandwich or add more veggies to your pasta dishes. Also, remember to rely on good carbs such as whole grains.
- Watch sodium, by using more “cooked from starch” ingredients ) about 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods).
- Choose reduced-sodium or low-sodium versions of products whenever you find them, especially sauces, tomato products, broths and soups. A sprinkle of lemon juice or other acidic ingredients like vinegar can create a sensation of saltiness without adding sodium.
- For dessert recipes, experiment with using less sugar. Try boosting other flavors you usually associate with sugar, like vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
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