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Sample Menus for Eating Out - VHL HealthSheet #82073_VA
On any menu, some choices will be better for you than others. Check off some of the healthy choices listed here. Keep them in mind the next time you go out to eat.
Low-Fat Cooking Tips - VHL HealthSheet #82075_VA
Cooking with less fat may mean learning some new ways to cook. But it doesn’t mean eating bland, boring food. And it doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. There are lots of ways to cook and season foods using less fat.
Using Spices for Flavorful Meals - VHL HealthSheet #85035_VA
Spices and herbs add two important ingredients to your meals: taste and aroma.
Herb and Spice Quiz - VHL HealthSheet #85037_VA
Here are some questions to test your knowledge about herbs and spices.
Adding Flavor to Low-Fat Meals - VHL HealthSheet #85097_VA
There are endless ways to add more variety and flavor to your diet, without using salt or high-fat ingredients.
Quick and Creative Healthy Cooking - VHL HealthSheet #85099_VA
You don’t have to go to cooking school to be a creative cook. Try these tips for creative, healthy, delicious meals.
Using Herbs and Spices - VHL HealthSheet #85101_VA
Herbs and spices add flavor to cooking without adding fat or sodium.
Eating Out: Tips for Making Healthy Choices - VHL HealthSheet #82074_VA
You don’t have to give up eating out to cut down on fat, cholesterol, and salt. You just need to think about what you order. Many menus highlight low-fat and low-sodium dishes. But if you can’t find what you want, ask.
Eating Healthy on the Run - VHL HealthSheet #84542_VA
Need to eat on the run? This often means grabbing “junk” or fast food full of fat, salt, sugar, and cholesterol. But being in a rush doesn’t mean that you can’t eat healthy. Try these ways to get good nutrition, fast.
Healthier Fast Food Choices - VHL HealthSheet #85027_VA
When making a meal out of fast food, the key is not to overdo it. To begin with, don’t get into a rut when you order. Balance high-fat foods with low-fat choices. Try the following trade-offs.
Healthy Eating While Traveling - VHL HealthSheet #85031_VA
If you have a long distance to travel in the car, shop for snacks beforehand so that you don’t end up with only high-fat choices on the road.
How to Judge the Size of Servings - VHL HealthSheet #82079_VA
Some foods are weighed in ounces. Some are measured in spoons or cups. Others, like fruits, are based on an average, or medium, size. Here are some serving sizes and tips to help you judge just what 1 serving looks like.
Healthy Snacking - VHL HealthSheet #85025_VA
The body’s fuel typically runs out within 4 to 6 hours after eating a meal. If you don’t eat, you’ll feel your energy level drop and your performance dwindle. Try packing snacks to bring with you to work, school, or wherever your busy schedule takes you. Otherwise, you’ll end up relying on vending machines or convenience stores, where the selection is limited and many of the choices are high in fat and low in nutrients.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Quiz - VHL HealthSheet #85023_VA
Fresh fruits and vegetables are great quick food choices. Here are questions to test your knowledge about fruits and veggies.
Reading Food Labels - VHL HealthSheet #82078_VA
Comparing labels will help you choose foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, sodium (salt) and calories.
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