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Q: What’s the secret formula for more energy, stronger bones, & healthier skin? A: Healthyfoods

Healthy eating is about small steps and can make you feel great. Learn ways to build better habits, eat well at school, avoid “empty calories,” and more.

Try not to make too many changes at one time.You might just get frustrated and give up.Think about which kinds of changes would work well for you.Maybe you could switch from ice cream to low-fat frozen yogurt. Or maybe it would be easier for you to start drinking fewer sodas.

Make a plan.Think carefully about what you want to do and how you will do it. For example, if you want to eat less fat, decide that you will crunch carrots instead of chips. And writing down your plan can help make it work.Set yourself up for success.

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You may want to make healthy choices. You may even know what foods to pick. But that doesn't mean healthy eating is easy. (It's not just a piece of cake!) Here are some tips to help: Try not to make too many changes at one time. You might just get frustrated and give up. Think about which kinds of changes would work well for you. Maybe you could switch from ice cream to low-fat frozen yogurt. Or maybe it would be easier for you to start drinking fewer sodas. Make a plan. Think carefully about what you want to do and how you will do it. For example, if you want to eat less fat, decide that you will crunch carrots instead of chips. And writing down your plan can help make it work. Set yourself up for success. Certain situations can make people eat more. For example, try not to eat while watching TV. You may be too distracted to realize how much you're eating. Also, don't wait until you are very hungry to eat. You probably will just grab something without thinking. Have some food fun. Get your friends involved with a pop quiz, for example. See if they can guess how many chips equals a serving or how much sugar is packed in your cereal. Make it a family affair. See if your whole family can try some healthy habits, like eating a nutritious dinner together at least a few times each week. If you don't stick with a healthy plan , try not to criticize yourself too much. Nobody makes great choices every time. Just keep trying. Eating well and saving money It may seem like healthy foods can be expensive. Here are some ways to eat well and save money. Help out your family by clipping coupons. You can look for them in the newspaper or online. Buy in bulk. Small packages often wind up costing more. For example, you can buy a big bag of pretzels and then put single servings into small, resealable bags. Go meatless. Beans are a great source of protein and are not very expensive. Try frozen or canned fruits and veggies. They last longer than fresh produce. (Try to use low-sodium canned veggies, though.) Use the"unit price" to find bargains. The unit price tells you what the food costs per pound, quart, or other measurement of the food in the package. It is usually posted on a small tag on the shelf below the food. Compare brands, and buy the one that has the lowest price per unit.   Content last reviewed November 05, 2013 Page last updated January 20, 2016