Follow a Nutrient-Rich Diet

Eat healthfully and "get rich" with these nutrient-rich foods.

  • The "Get Rich" Way to Eat
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Randy Mayor

    The "Get Rich" Way to Eat

    The "get rich" way to eat emphasizes nutrient-rich foods and shifts the focus from foods to avoid to foods you can enjoy. These foods are familiar and easy to find so that healthy eating isn't difficult or stressful. Plus, these foods both nourish your body and give you pleasure.

    The following food groups provide nutrients that many people are lacking in their diets, and, bite for bite, they offer the most nutritional bang for your buck.

  • Low-Fat Dairy
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Three-Fruit Yogurt Shake

    Low-Fat Dairy

    Nine important nutrients including calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and vitamin A are found in dairy. Penny for penny, dairy offers the best nutritional value – one glass of milk costs about $0.25.

  • Vegetables
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter

    Vegetables

    Garden-fresh, frozen, or canned, vegetables contribute fiber, vitamins C and E, potassium, and a wealth of other nutrients to a healthy diet. Choose veggies for a healthy snack, a side dish, or an entire meatless meal.

  • Lean Protein
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Chicken Scaloppine over Broccoli Rabe

    Lean Protein

    Include lean protein in the diet to help curb the appetite, improve heart health, lower the risk of chronic disease and aid in weight loss. Lean protein sources like chicken breasts, fish, low-fat dairy, pork, egg whites, and soy products are packed with B vitamins and iron.

  • Fruit
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Strawberry-Orange Salad

    Fruit

    Fruit is naturally delicious and promotes optimal health because it's low in calories and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

  • Whole Grains
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.S., MyRecipes, Fruited Breakfast Barley

    Whole Grains

    From oats and bulgur to brown rice and popcorn, whole grain ingredients are naturally low in fat and a good source of iron, fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium. This heart-healthy ingredient can also help with weight management, prevent high blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer.

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