Planting vegetables and herbs in your yard is a great way to eat healthy. Planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables is great exercise, and you are much more likely to eat a salad if your fresh lettuce is a few steps away instead of miles. Health food does not have to be boring or consist only of celery and tomato juice. With a little imagination and know-how, you can make healthy, delicious meals that taste fabulous. Here are five tips to help you get started.

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1- Keep saturated fats to a minimum
That means milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, and other dairy products. It doesn't mean you can’t put cheese in your omelet, but a little goes a long way. Using skim milk or low-fat cheese in a recipe will cut calories significantly.

2- Eat whole foods
Foods that do not contain a laundry-list of ingredients are best. Most whole foods just have one ingredient and are often found around the edges of your local supermarket. Rice, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and fish are examples of whole foods. Packaged, processed foods have extra sodium, fats, and sugar. They also contain ingredients that were created in a laboratory and are hard to pronounce.

3- Vegetables should make up half of your meal
Most vegetables have very little fat and are high in nutritional value. They add fiber to your diet and taste delicious if they are cooked properly. Eat a variety of colors at each meal for maximum nutrients. The internet is a great resource for cooking ideas for all types of vegetables. Use your favorite search engine and type in green olive recipes and you will have a wealth of information at your fingertips. Aim for a plate that is half-full of vegetables. One quarter of your meal should be lean-meat or fish, and the other quarter should be a grain, potato, or other starchy carbohydrate.

4- Plant a garden
Planting vegetables and herbs in your yard is a great way to eat healthy. Planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables is great exercise, and you are much more likely to eat a salad if your fresh lettuce is a few steps away instead of miles.

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5- Don’t eat out
This is a hard one, but it has to be mentioned. Restaurant meals contain high amounts of saturated fats, salts and inferior ingredients. To make matters worse, most restaurant meals contain more than the daily recommended calories for an entire day. Save restaurant meals and take-out for special occasions.

Eating high-quality, healthy food and maintaining an active lifestyle are the most important steps you can take when trying to lose weight. You will feel better, have more energy and drop pounds without fad diets or expensive supplements.
Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Hannah Whittenly and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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