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  • Writer's pictureCarina Hopen

Healthy Eating in Various Settings 



No matter where we are — at home, work, or out having fun — there are always opportunities to make healthy eating choices. Even when we're busy or in new places, we can still find ways to eat well. Here's how to keep up with healthy eating habits, no matter the setting.


Eating Well at Home

Cooking at home gives you the most control over what you eat. Try to plan your meals ahead of time and keep your kitchen stocked with healthy staples like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Experimenting with new recipes can keep things exciting and introduce you to new flavors and healthy ingredients.


Making Smart Choices When Eating Out

Eating out doesn't have to mean abandoning your healthy eating goals. Look for menu items that are grilled, baked, or steamed rather than fried. Don't be shy about asking for dressings or sauces on the side, and consider portion sizes — sharing a dish or taking part of it home can be a good strategy.


Healthy Snacking on the Go

For those times when you're out and about, portable, non-perishable snacks can be lifesavers. Things like whole fruit, nuts, granola bars, or whole-grain crackers are great to keep in your bag. They'll help you avoid the temptation of less healthy vending machines or convenience store options.


Eating Well at Work

If you spend a lot of your day at work, it's worth planning your meals and snacks. Packing a lunch can be healthier and more cost-effective than eating out. If you have access to a fridge, keeping some healthy options like yogurt, cottage cheese, or hard-boiled eggs can make for easy snacking.


Navigating Social Events and Parties

Social gatherings often center around food, which can make sticking to healthy eating habits challenging. Try to eat a healthy snack before you go, so you're not tempted to overindulge. At the event, focus on filling your plate with vegetables and lean proteins, and if you indulge in dessert, keep your portion small.


Tips for Every Setting

  • Stay Hydrated: Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking water throughout the day can help you avoid unnecessary snacking.

  • Listen to Your Body: Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied. Learning to listen to your body's cues can help you avoid overeating.

  • Be Prepared: Having healthy snacks and meals prepared in advance makes it easier to eat well, even on your busiest days.

This next month, commit to being more mindful of our eating habits and exploring new ways to enjoy food that is both healthy and sustainable. By making small, conscious changes, we can contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier future for ourselves and generations to come.


Remember, every meal is an opportunity to make a positive impact. Let's celebrate National Nutrition Month® by making choices that go beyond the table, nourishing our bodies, our communities, and our planet.

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