Magazine article Work & Family Life

10 Easy Tips to Keep You Well and Fit

Magazine article Work & Family Life

10 Easy Tips to Keep You Well and Fit

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We all know what we should do. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Cut back on sugar, salt and saturated fat. Switch to whole grains. Exercise every day.

But how do we translate what we know into our daily decisions about food and fitness? Here are 10 of our favorite tips from the Nutrition Action Healthletter.

1 Buy cut veggies in a bag. If you're too rushed to wash and cut your own, don't sweat it. Companies are glad to do it for you, and precut vegetables don't cost that much more if you consider that there's no waste. Other options: buy your broccoli, carrots or other vegetables at the salad bar or frozen. Open the container, drop into a skillet or wok, add sauce. Dinner is served.

2 Turn spinach into salads. A nine-ounce bag of spinach makes three three-cup servings-each of which is rich in potassium, vitamins K, A and C, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium and fiber. All these nutrients for just 20 calories. Any greens are good, but spinach is a superstar. There are lots of simple, easy recipes. For example: saute for a couple of minutes with garlic and chopped tomatoes.

3 Buy sliced fruits. You'll still pay less for pre-cut mango, cantaloupe and pineapple than you would for a fruit salad at a restaurant. …

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