Powerful Steps For Healthy Eating

The average person make 200 food decisions each day. So it's no wonder that by the end of the day, when your brain and your body are tired, it can be easy to make unhealthy food choices. Registered Dietitian Jessie Erwin, RD, LD, joined us to share a few simple ways to make wiser choices:



  1. Make half your plate vegetables and fruits

  2. Use your hands to judge appropriate serving sizes

  3. Choose whole foods with short ingredient lists


Looking for an easy meal that fills you up without filling you out? Jessie shared her recipe for


Hearty Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped

  • 3/4 cup carrots, chopped

  • 1-19 oz. can kidney beans

  • 1-14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 3/4 cup whole grain pasta shells


Directions:
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery, and carrots and saut for 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sweet potatoes, garlic, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat until soup is simmering. Cover and cook for 1 hour, or until vegetables are tender. Add pasta and cook for another 20 minutes. Serve hot.

For more great information on making healthy food choices, visit Jessie's website.