Nutrition, The Nutrition Edge

Tips for a healthy diet

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to a regular eating routine. Liz Erker, Signature Medical Group dietitian, has plenty of ideas.

For starters, healthy snacks are important. Erker says that apple slices are a great choice because they are good for you and also wake you up when you’re feeling tired.

You could also munch on unsalted sunflower seeds because they are high in protein. If you’re looking for a sweet snack, try frozen grapes. But remember, snacking is good for you only if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices.

In today’s hectic world, it’s hard to avoid eating fast food once and a while. Erker wants to make your fast food visits healthier. She suggests avoiding “super-sizing” your meals, as doing so adds unnecessary fats. Also, try not to add bacon or mayonnaise to sandwiches or burgers. Instead, order pickles, onions, or other condiments to add flavor.

Erker suggests avoid drinking regular sodas because they are packed with calories and sugar. She says that the best food item to order is a grilled chicken sandwich, which is much healthier than breaded or fried chicken and leaner than a regular burger.

Need any more tips on healthier eating? Make an appointment to see Liz Erker today.