Top Diet Picks for the New Year

Once again, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet, developed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, as the Best Diet Overall and Best Diet for Healthy Eating in its annual rating and review of diet plans.  Second place honors went to the TLC Diet, (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet), developed by the American Heart Association to help lower cholesterol.  Not surprisingly, these “diets” are really more of a lifestyle plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains paired with physical activity.  It’s nothing new but a reminder that a simple, doable and lasting plans have long-term effectiveness over a fad.  If establishing healthful eating habits is one of your resolutions for the new year, start with a small change, like cooking dinner at home more often.  Check out Snapfish for free, printable grocery and meal planning lists to get started, or visit Taste of Home’s Healthy Eating page for a variety of quick recipes that make healthy eating fun.

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