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Portion Control: Key to Maintaining Healthy Weight


Good news for people hoping to control calories— the key could be your favorite snacks; as long as they've been portioned into 100-calorie or less packages. Convenient, portion-controlled packages seem to be all over the supermarket right now, but you don't have to buy processed foods to take advantage of this healthy trend.

For example, if sweet and juicy appeal to your taste buds, consider the orange. With only 80 calories, oranges are naturally portion-controlled, ready-to go, juicy and refreshing. What's more, because of their high fiber and water content, oranges contribute to the feeling of fullness, which suppresses appetite and helps prevent overeating. Citrus is a great-tasting way to make calories really count by getting more nutrition in fewer calories.

Introducing kids to fruits and vegetables early shapes their behaviors so they choose these foods throughout life. A child who grows up nourished with wholesome fruits and vegetables will learn to prefer such foods. That's why Sunkist partnered with Sesame Street's “Healthy Habits for Life” initiative. They encourage young children and their families to establish an early foundation of healthy habits.

Children and adults need a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables is easy if you fill half your plate with them at every meal and make them your first choice as snacks.