Eating healthy always seems like the most daunting of tasks. It feels like the harder we try, the more difficult it becomes. Fear not, people. Healthy eating helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions we’d all rather avoid. And despite what most people believe, eating healthy does not require us to give up the foods we love. In fact, eating healthy encourages us to take control of our lives and make smart food choices. We’re here to tell you that healthy eating can be simple, tasty and affordable.

Eating healthy means incorporating more whole foods like fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, fish, lean meats and whole grains. We should, in return, limit added sugars (especially sugary drinks), sodium and salt, saturated fats and fatty meats. And, of course, with inclusions and limitations comes the ‘avoid-at-all-costs’ category — trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils.

When trying to be healthy our food choices are not only limited to what we’re putting in our mouths, but also to the decisions we make to get us to the dinner table. The next time you put a loaf of bread in your shopping cart, read the nutritional label first. Compare the information on packaging labels to be sure you’re choosing foods with the lowest amounts of sodium, sugars and fats.

Another healthy choice includes eating regularly from all of the food groups. Eating from a wide variety of foods ensures that your body is receiving all of the necessary nutrients to grow.

Let these eating suggestions and tips encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle, starting with what you put into your body. Here at My Menu we’ll always be about eating good food with the people you love the most.