Between hectic schedules, tight budgets, and caring for children, sometimes it’s easier said than done when it comes to healthy eating. MyPlate, MyWins is here to make healthy eating easier with real life solutions you can apply today. Every family is unique; finding a healthier eating solution that fits your family’s routine and preferences is essential for setting healthy habits that last into the future.
Watch the videos below to hear from real families about how they make heathy eating a reality. Want more? Watch other videos in this series here.
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Just like you, our MyPlate team members are always looking for new ways to achieve and maintain a healthy eating style and are happy to share their tips. Here are some “real solutions” and “wins” from our MyPlate staff! Want to share yours? Share on Twitter or Facebook using hashtag #MyPlateMyWins or submit here:
Sam, Public Affairs Consultant at USDA
“I enjoy going out to eat, but restaurants tend to serve way too much food. I like to order à la carte items to ensure smaller portions. An added bonus – it’s usually a lot cheaper!"
Julie, USDA Nutritionist
“I am always looking for ways to cut back on how much food my family wastes. When I have leftover fruits and vegetables, I chop them and add them to bags in my freezer. This way they don’t go bad or get thrown away, and I end up with bags of frozen fruits and veggies to use in smoothies, soups, or other recipes!”
Kristin, USDA Nutritionist
“On a cold winter night, soup tastes wonderful. Split Pea Soup is easy to make on the weekend, as the stove does most of the work, simmering it a few hours! It’s high in fiber and tastes great. Reheat it in the microwave for quick dinners the rest of the week. Just add whole-wheat bread, some fruit like blueberries, and a glass of non-fat milk to round out your meal."
Corey, USDA Nutritionist
“With hectic schedules, dinnertime is always a little crazy! Giving my kids something to help prepare keeps them occupied and gets them interested in trying their own creation. Surprisingly, salad prep is their favorite job because they can mix and match lots of colors!"
Tricia, USDA Nutritionist
“To ensure I meet my dairy and fruit recommendations, I make daily smoothies with low-fat yogurt and milk plus any fruit I have on hand. My dog loves them just as much as me!”
Liz, USDA Nutritionist
"When we eat peanut butter sandwiches, we add raisins for sweetness. This way we add in another food group without a lot of added sugars."
Lisa, USDA Nutritionist
"When I’m headed out to lunch with friends, I increase my vegetables by sharing an entrée with someone and filling in with a side salad, steamed veggies, or plain baked potato."
Carol, Project Coordinator at USDA
“Whenever I make pasta, I always throw some frozen vegetables into the pasta water about halfway through the cooking time. That way I get some extra veggies into my dish – and I only need one pot!”
Dave, USDA Nutritionist
“Many grocery stores have bulk sections where you can buy a variety of whole grains. It’s a great way to try something new by buying just enough for one meal. A small commitment could lead to a big payoff!”
Hannah, Graphic Designer at USDA
"I prefer working out in the morning because I'd rather relax after work. It's still always hard to wake up earlier than I need to so it helps to have my workout clothes, breakfast, and water ready to grab and go. If I'm not prepared, it's not happening!"