Healthy Daily Menu

By Paul Bright

If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, there are several different "lose weight fast" diets that have you eat the same type of food daily, like cabbage soup or no carbohydrates. Meal plans like that can offer initial weight loss, but may not be healthy in the long run. With a little bit of strategy and planning, you can create your own healthy daily menu that can help you maintain a fit lifestyle without eating the same thing every day.

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No Fruits Alone

The USDA recommends an average of five servings of fruit per day for a balanced diet. That can add up to two or three cups of fruit. If you don't like eating fruits on their own, eat them as toppings or sides with all of your meals and snacks. Chop up bananas and put them in your cereal, and have a handful of grapes with your chips. Sliced baked apples go well with a grilled pork chop dinner. Limit your intake of fruit juices, which often come loaded with sweeteners.

Morning Carbs

Carbohydrates should be eaten and avoided in the late afternoon or at night. Carbs supply your body with energy. Unused carbs slowly turn into fat. A large spaghetti dinner eaten at night turns into fat as you sleep.

Choose whole-grain carbs. Without the whole grain, you miss out on the dietary fibers that keep your digestive system flowing. Buy "whole," not "enriched," carbs, like whole-grain pasta.


There is a wide variety of food to choose from in every piece of the USDA's Food Pyramid. Don't get stuck eating the same type of meat or fish, or else you'll burn out and give up on healthy dieting altogether. Make the fruits tropical one week and citrus the next. Switch from grilling to baking to lightly frying your meats. There are countless species of fish that are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Plan for the Unexpected

At times when you don't have access to your normal healthy menu, don't give in to that quick, not-so-healthy alternative. Keep a bin of healthy snack foods in your car that can hold you over until you get a regular meal. Keep a copy of the book "Eat This, Not That!" with you. It is filled with healthy dining suggestions.