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How Does Guiding Stars Define “Nutritious”?

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You probably know that Guiding Stars is all about healthy, nutritious food. Follow the Guiding Stars signage throughout the store. Choosing mostly items that earn stars. You'll automatically and easily end up with a cart full of nutritious food. You might be wondering exactly what we mean by “nutritious,” though, so here’s a little background on Guiding Stars defines the word.

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Exploratory Procedures for Nextovers

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We've talked in some depth this month about nextovers. We've covered focus ingredients and supporting players. Ingredients alone, however, do not a cooking approach make. If you want your nextover expeditions to succeed, you need a reliable procedural code for bringing disparate elements together. Into a federation, if you will.

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Guiding Stars & Healthier Food Systems

I recently had the privilege to join a panel of public health and food industry experts, including the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, to discuss how the food industry can work to create a healthy and sustainable food system. I was honored to have a seat at the table to discuss this essential topic. It was a great opportunity to showcase the work our clients do and the role Guiding Stars plays in supporting them.

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No Credit for Protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient that must be included in the diet at an adequate amount for good health. Due to their high protein content, foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. According to USDA’s MyPlate, protein foods should make up ¼ of our plates. However, these foods contain a lot more than protein and nutrient density varies because of it. In this edition of Surprising Stars, we will explain why Guiding Stars does not consider protein level as it evaluates the nutrient density of food. 

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