You are on the go all day long. Between work, family and friends, it’s often hard to find time to eat right. But a healthy lifestyles starts with a healthy diet, and nourishing your body with the nutrients you need each and every day is the key to sustained health & wellness. Wondering where to start? The USDA recently published its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, featuring a handful of guidelines that can help you build and maintain a healthy diet. The guidelines embrace the idea of healthy eating patterns. Gone are the days of a healthy diet meaning you have to follow a laundry list of does and don’ts. Whether you like to follow a Mediterranean-style diet, a vegetarian diet (every day or just a few times a week), or you’re a food explorer who likes to discover new cuisines and flavors, pick an eating pattern that works for you and follow a few recommendations to keep it healthy.

A Healthy Eating Pattern Includes:

  • A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups: dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
  • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
  • Oils

A Healthy Eating pattern limits:

  • Saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium*
  • Alcohol (consume in moderation)**