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A Healthy Diet
It isn’t easy to sort through all the information about nutrition and then prepare a meal that is tasty and stays within the budget. However, it is definitely worth the effort!
Foods are grouped together when they share similar nutritional properties. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes the food groups a bit differently than when you were a kid. These are the food groups of the 21st Century: Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy Products, Meat, Poultry and Fish, and Nuts, Seeds and Legumes. Add plenty of water and you have it; and don’t forget to emphasize the fruits and vegetables. A growing body of research shows that they are critical to promoting good health. They contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that may help protect you and the people you support from chronic diseases including stroke, heart disease and some kinds of cancer.
So, plan colorful meals that give your body a wide variety of valuable nutrients and color. Just think of a yummy meal that has green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, a chicken breast and a glass of milk!
Please remember to follow the dietary orders of the physician, and of course, if the person you support requires a specific consistency in food or liquid, it is imperative that you prepare foods according to the ordered guidelines.