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Posted June 27, 2018

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating is an important part of living a healthy life. The USDA says fifty percent of adults have one or more long-term diseases that could be prevented. Many of these illnesses are caused by poor eating habits. (Watch this video about southern cooking.) If you are on Medicaid, it may seem hard to eat well. It is not impossible! Here are some great ideas to eat better on a budget:

ChooseMyPlate.gov can help you:

  • Create a grocery game plan by finding the best deals and making healthy, low-cost meals.
  • Learn grocery store tricks like using the unit price of items to make better purchases. Read food labels, too.
  • Use the sample menus, recipes and the list of grocery and pantry items.

Here are 8 Ways to Eat Healthy:

  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make half of your grains whole grains.
  • Choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk, yogurt or cheese.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Choose lean sources of protein.
  • Compare sodium in soup and frozen meals; choose ones with less sodium.
  • Eat some seafood.
  • Pay attention to portion size.

The CDC says to:

  • Buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. Choose canned fruits packed in water or in their own juice instead of ones with added sugar or syrup.
  • Look for vegetables without added salt, butter or cream sauces.
  • Find information on improving your eating habits, planning meals, cutting calories and healthy recipes. These websites all want you to:
  • Make a plan Goal setting and meal planning help you create a low-cost, healthy shopping list.
  • Learn about food Portion size, calorie counting and food labels help you make better eating choices.
  • Find healthy recipes Match your health needs with heart-healthy, low-sodium and low-sugar recipes.
  • Drink water Water is always a better choice. Add fresh or frozen fruit to give it more flavor.

Healthy eating plays a big part in creating and maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Take these first steps to a healthier you!

Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/
Preventable Chronic Conditions Plague Medicaid Population by Elizabeth Mendes – Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/161615/preventable-chronic-conditions-plague-medicaid-population.aspx
USDA http://www.choosemyplate.gov/budget/
CDC https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/
President’s Challenge https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/programs-and-awards/presidents-challenge/index.html

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