If you’re trying to watch your added sugars, you’re probably used to watching out for snacks and carbs, but added sugar is in more foods than you might realize. Guiding Stars Dietitian Allison Stowell explains how to use the stars to make the best choices.
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Many chips are starting to be made with healthier ingredients, and while they’re still only “sometimes” foods, you can use the Guiding Stars to find the healthiest options. Guiding Stars Dietitian Allison Stowell explains why you’re seeing more Guiding Stars in the snack foods aisle.
I don’t know what was wrong with me as a kid, but it wasn’t until my adult life that I began my love affair with sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and… sweet AND even pretty good for you. Sweet potatoes (or yams depending on where you are from) “are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin B6”- according to Wikipedia. You can also find them just about all year round.
Good news! There is room for dessert in a balanced eating plan. The secret? Don’t rely on added sugars. Wherever possible, sweeten your desserts with fruit, which also provides nutrients and fiber. These recipes are balanced so that most of your calories are not coming from sugar or saturated fat and are designed to provide some important nutrients as well.
The first two segments of this series covered some sugar basics and information about the glycemic index. This third and last segment will explain how the Guiding Stars system accounts for the sugar content of foods.
I had the pleasure of attending the University of New Hampshire’s second annual Healthy Chef competition where students competed for the title of UNH Healthy Chef and the bragging rights of having their winning recipe appear on the UNH menu.
Last month I filmed a segment for my local television station’s health feature, “Fit at Five” with Kelly LaBrecque. The concept came from a previous guest on Kelly’s show who expressed frustration and boredom with the bagged lunches that he packed for work. Kelly found a volunteer for a lunch bag makeover, and off we went to see how I could help.