March 6, 2017
This week’s conversation during National Nutrition Month® is to challenge you to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” when you are away from home. Whether you are making choices in restaurants, convenience stores or from vending and concession stands, we are often tempted by large portions of high fat and sugary snacks.
There are a number of choices you can make for a healthier meal that you can thoroughly enjoy. Here are some ideas to “meet the challenge.”
- At fast food restaurants, choose the junior or smaller sandwich, share the small fries, and choose water or a small drink.
- Going out for pizza? Enjoy the thin crust with extra veggies.
- At “order from your table” restaurants, share an entrée or choose a smaller portion entree option if it is available. Skip the fried foods and creamy sauces. Choose salad with a light vinaigrette dressing on the side.
- When stopping at a convenience store, stick with the small snack bags of nuts, yogurt, string cheese sticks, whole grain cereal cups, whole grain granola bars, fresh fruits and baby carrots.
November 21, 2016
Let’s review what we know about the benefits of kids in the kitchen. It is a way to:
- Start the conversation and help kids develop skills, like healthy meal planning, shopping, cooking and clean-up that last a lifetime.
- Help them feel good about themselves; the delight and pride in making something themselves.
- Become aware of what to look for on nutrition labels.
- Learn about food safety.
- Help them discover the appeal and taste of foods they prepare.
Beyond those great benefits, it is a way to build appeal for healthier choices. It is not hard to imagine how using elements similar to those in art can build appeal for healthier meals. Try the following and add it to your collection of healthier holiday foods.
- 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 container (8 ounces) fat-free lime-flavored yogurt
- ¾ cup fresh blueberries
- ¾ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- ½ cup granola
In a small bowl, combine the pineapple with half of the yogurt. In small parfait or juice glasses, alternately layer the pineapple-yogurt mixture, blueberries, strawberries and granola. Repeat the layering twice. Top each parfait with a spoonful of yogurt.
- Compare ingredients in the recipe for taste, texture, and color.
- Discuss how the taste and appearance would change by substituting plain for flavored yogurt.