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Healthy for Life: What to Eat in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

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What to Eat in Your 20s

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Load up your desk drawer or office fridge with these tasty treats for fewer than 200 calories.

  • Light yogurt (6 ounces) with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • Reduced-fat string cheese and 10 whole-grain crackers
  • Granola bar and a nonfat latte
  • 4 ounces nonfat cottage cheese and a mini box of raisins
  • 6 dried apricots and 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 110-calorie energy bar (we like PowerBar Pria) and 12 almonds
  • 20 mini carrots dipped in 1/4 cup hummus
  • Single-serve vanilla soy milk and 1/2 cup whole-grain cereal

Your 20-Something Meal Plan Breakfast

  • 24-ounce Jamba Juice Protein Berry Pizzazz Smoothie (lots of protein, very little fat)

Morning Snack

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal sprinkled with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Lunch

  • Asian grilled-chicken salad with mixed greens, edamame, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, and low-fat vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack

  • Medium orange
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Dinner

  • 7 pieces sushi
  • 1 cup edamame

Evening Treat

  • Gingerbread ice cream sandwich (fill 2 gingersnaps with one-half cup light vanilla ice cream)

Nutrition info for the day: 1,941 calories, 100g protein, 40g fat (5g sat), 293g carbs, 34g fiber

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walk1174 wrote:

What about the 60's guys? We may be beyond 40, but not beyond wanting to be healthy and active!

3/6/2013 12:43:02 PM Report Abuse
mik1of31 wrote:

I agree with those of you attacking the age bias. I'm 47, about to be 48, and I've been post menopausal almost two years now. I anticipated a hard struggle with losing weight..but haven't really found one. Strange. But I would like to see BEYOND 40s nutrition information, too.

3/4/2013 12:27:22 PM Report Abuse
jsek4 wrote:

what about someone in late 70's

3/4/2013 10:51:29 AM Report Abuse
shumatebeth wrote:

I want to echo the others here: I just turned 50 and feel I'm only getting better; certainly not dead yet! I went through menopause naturally starting at 43 and have learned I have all kinds of weight and fitness challenges I didn't have before then. Not a very helpful article. Some of the 40s tips do mention this, but the 20s-40s are not the only ages interested in health and fitness!

2/28/2013 01:39:33 PM Report Abuse
mj9693 wrote:

What about the "BEYOND" tips??????? Apparently those of us in our 80's don't count at all? It also seems that Canadians don't exits either. We are interested in eating healthy.

2/28/2013 12:21:17 PM Report Abuse

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