Healthful diet is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is intended as a guide for children who want to follow a healthful eating pattern and then maintain a healthy weight.
- The general, healthful diet may be low in energy, fat and sodium.
- The protein sources include limited amounts of lean meat, with more protein coming from: fish, poultry, beans, peas as well as low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
- It is high in fiber because it includes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Saturated fats and trans fats are minimized as much as possible, such as cookie, desserts, pastries…
Examples of food recommended: whole wheat, quinoa, fresh green vegetables, seafood, fresh fruits….
Examples of food to avoid: crackers, chips, cakes, pancakes, fried vegetables, canned juices, syrup, whole milk, sour cream, fatty meat, sausage, margarine, butter….