These simple substitutes offer more nutrition while still letting your children eat and enjoy their favorite foods. In many cases you are changing from a less healthful option to a Guiding Stars-rated choice. In other cases, both options are good for you but, one just offers a bit more.
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Maybe you’ve seen advertisements for yogurts and other foods that contain bacteria called probiotics and wondered, “what exactly are these ‘friendly’ bacteria, and why would I want them?” It is a little odd to think of bacteria as being good for us. After all, bacteria and other “germs” are generally something we endeavor to keep out of our food, but not all bacteria are created equal.
Guiding Stars Expert Chef, Erin Dow, and Scientific Advisor, Lori Kaley, discuss the health benefits of tomatoes and how you can enjoy those benefits in healthier meals than pizza. They discuss three different meals that can be made using Erin’s Roasted Tomato Sauce.
Like it or not, most of us actually need fewer calories than we think we need. This has nothing to do with our appetite or how much we want to eat. Lately, I have been using the daily meal plan tool available at www.myplate.gov to help people understand their daily requirements. From how much to offer children to the true needs for most adults, individuals are generally surprised. If you have never looked into the recommended daily caloric intake for you or your family, I highly suggest doing so. Like any budget, not following your daily caloric budget can result in overdoing it (like “over drafting” your daily food account).
We’ve all been sad to say farewell to Lori Kaley as she moves on to Washington D.C., but we’re delighted to welcome Kit Broihier as the new voice of the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel for our blog. We asked Kit a few “getting to know you questions” and we think you’ll be as delighted with her as we are.
Finally, the whole country is going green.
Organic, natural, beautiful, and tasty green.
What better way to go green than to grow green?
Greens that is. Collards, kale, turnips greens, mustard greens, you name it. Swiss Chard, spinach, all yummy. These vegetables not only represent a wealth of health, but are also very easy to grow and prepare for meals.
As I started preparing the Powerpoint slides for a school nutrition webinar that Guiding Stars registered dietitian, Allison Stowell, and I recently presented, I started looking through my photo and recipe archives for the most successful recipes from my work with school lunch programs. I came upon my recipe for BLT Salad, a dish that has proven to be a real winner among the children we’ve served it to.