To a certain extent, my kids have benefited from their exposure to all the different types of dishes I create for Guiding Stars and the ingredients and techniques I use in my own catering business. But like other kids, their favorite foods are still the pasta, breads, and other yummy starchy carbs that appeal most to the school-aged set. So I still have to be diligent about helping them establish healthy eating habits, and for me, hammering in the importance of diversity–especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables–is the number one goal.
Posts Tagged: nutrition
Eating healthier is something we all aspire to do, and many of our decisions about how well we’ll eat are made in the grocery store. What choices are making? How do these choices impact their health? We’ve pulled together a few articles that offer a snapshot of the state of nutrition and food shopping.
If you teach a kid to eat what’s on their plate, you teach them good manners and not to waste food. If you teach them to understand what their body needs to eat, you’re giving them a skill that will help them remain healthy throughout their lives. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers, the web has a wealth of reliable resources to help you guide your kids towards an understanding of nutrition that meets their developmental needs.
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.
Possibly you have heard that you need to eat more whole grain…and possibly you haven’t known how to do that. I’ve got you covered with a list of foods, from game day snacks to quick breakfast options that are made with whole grain. Of course, they also earn Guiding Stars so they are also the “good, better and best” choices for you too! Substitute these options for the one’s you currently choose and you add more whole grain to your day. Yes, it’s that easy.
If you follow nutrition news, you’ve no doubt heard of the glycemic index (GI), and maybe you’ve wondered if you should be taking the GI into consideration when choosing foods. Some folks think that the glycemic index is a way to tell how sugary a food is. In reality, it’s more complicated than that.
There’s a good chance that you are more conscious of sugar in your diet than ever before. Between the New York city soda serving size controversy and the recent rise of agave and stevia sweeteners, it seems we’re awash in information about the sweet stuff. But if you’re still confused about which sugars are “natural” and which aren’t, how much sugar is too much sugar, what the glycemic index is (and if you should care about it), and how sugar plays into the Guiding Stars rating system—I’ll be addressing these topics in a series of blog posts over the next couple of weeks and in a free webinar on October 16.