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10 tips from a dietitian

Nutritionists and dietitians from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly provide a general information column to The Baltimore Sun’s health blog. The latest post is from Rebecca Drudi.

People are constantly bombarded with nutrition information from social media and news stories. Instead of hopping on the next trendy diet bandwagon, aim for long-term lifestyle changes that will help you be the healthiest you. Here are 10 tips to filter through all the nutrition “white noise.”

1. Aim for a diverse/well balanced diet. All foods contain different nutrients and health benefits. The more variety you eat, the more nutrition you get. Be creative and buy a vegetable or fruit you have never tried before.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You can add vegetables to most recipes. Put them on your whole wheat pizza, mix spinach into smoothies, throw greens in your pasta/grain dishes or load up a sandwich with tomatoes, onions, peppers and arugula. Don’t forget about breakfast – add mushrooms, peppers and spinach to an omelet. Try a fresh, juicy peach instead of a high sugar, processed dessert item.

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