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  1. Plan healthy, balanced meals and snacks that include the right amount of foods from all the MyPlate food groups — protein foods, fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.

  2. Choose vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as broccoli or strawberries. For adequate zinc, choose fortified grains and protein foods, such as beef, chicken, seafood or beans. Some wounds may require a higher intake of certain vitamins and minerals to support healing. Speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.

  3. Include adequate protein throughout the day. Include a source of protein at each meal or snack. A sample menu may include scrambled eggs for breakfast, black bean tacos for lunch, yogurt or cheese for a snack and chicken at dinner.

  4. Stay well-hydrated with water or other unsweetened beverages.

  5. For people with diabetes, control blood sugar levels to help prevent wounds from developing and to support healing and recovery.

registered dietitian nutritionist can work with you to develop an individualized eating plan that meets your specific needs.

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