A Balancing Act of Food
Eating the right amount of food and the right kind of food can sometimes be tricky when you live a busy lifestyle with kids. It is definetly a balancing act! Are you a label detective yet? You should be. It does take more time to buy food but it is so worth it in the long run for you and your family. Check those labels and make sure you are eating the right stuff,
Ingrediets List: You might see that the healthiest ingredients are toward the end of the list, so they're not a significant source of nutrition. The first thing listed is what weighs the most in total weight of the food item.
Sweet Nothings: According to the USDA, most people should have no more than 6 to 9 added teaspoons of sugar per day. You can figure out how much sugar you're getting by checking food labels. 4 grams is one teaspoon.
- Fill half of the ramaining part of your plate (1/4) with whole grains or starchy vegetables.
- The last (1/4) should be lean protein. You can also include nonfat or low-fat dairy products or dairy subsitiutes.
- A deck of cards for meat
- A baseball for your vegetable
- Your thumb for cheese
- Your fist for pasta, rice or legumes
1/2 fruits and nonstarchy vegetables
Dark leafy greens
Soft tree fruit (pear, for example)
1/4 lean protein
Chicken and turkey breasts
Dried beans and lentils
Fresh fish or dried salmon, tuna and shrimp
Lean beef or pork
1/4 whole grains or starchy vegetables
Barley (non-pearled is best)
Dried beans, peas and lentils
Whole wheat pasta
How many fruits and veggies do you need a day? Find out at: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/
- Do you avoid snack that are packaged?
- Read labels. Avoid added salt, sugar and fat.
- Love yourself.