A healthy diet emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and whole grains. Healthy eating also means lower amounts of red and processed meats, refined grains and sugary foods and drinks.
A healthy balanced whole-foods diet with lots of plants can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Plant-based diets full of whole or minimally processed foods are examples of healthy diets. They can include a range of dietary patterns (vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous) that include mostly foods from plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, lentils), and fewer animal foods. Diets that emphasize whole or minimally processed plant foods are good for your health and can help our planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Eating mostly plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans is good for your health and can help you manage and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
There are many resources in NYC to help you plan healthy meals on a tight budget.
You can also eat healthy on a budget with smart shopping strategies. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are convenient, nutritious and often cheaper than fresh options. When shopping for fresh produce, buy whole fruits and vegetables in season for the best value and flavor. Beans and lentils provide plenty of protein for less money than meat. Add these ingredients to soup, stew, chili or pasta dishes for a healthy, filling and affordable meal.
Processed foods are often higher in added sugar and sodium than whole or minimally processed foods. Here are a few ways you can eat a healthier diet.