I probably say “It’s a marathon…not a sprint,” at least once a week to the people I speak and work with who want to make a change and achieve a healthier lifestyle. I don’t doubt that many of them, from the individuals that need to follow through on what their doctor has recommended to the parents that know they need better balanced meals for their family, really want to make positive change. The problem is that they can’t endure the long and gradual process. They want it to come fast, be permanent and of course be easy. I remind them that anything truly worth achieving doesn’t happen that way and that healthful eating is undoubtedly one of those things.
I realize that for most of you a trip to the supermarket involves racing around as fast as possible while hoping that you don’t crash into another cart and/or run out of things to bribe your children with. (Yes, I have those experiences too). As a dietitian working in a grocery store three days per week, I have the fortunate opportunity to spend A LOT of time spotting new foods on shelves and studying trends in our food industry.
The best part of summer is the chance to get out of town, visit interesting new places, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Eating well on the go can be a challenge. This list of healthful snack ideas and tips will help you make summer snacking choices that won’t slow you down.
The theme of National Nutrition Month 2011, “Eat Right with Color”, offers a fantastic shopping tip! Together with Guiding Stars, you can use color to guide you toward the most healthful foods in the store! Look for deep rich colors in your produce for more anti-aging, immune boosting antioxidants! Let color guide you toward better cuts of meat- bright red meat in the package means less fat on your plate (and look for Guiding Stars on the sticker). Think brown when shopping for your starches- brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads. Don’t forget that white is a color too- low fat milk and yogurt round out a perfect shopping list!
I fed my kids a plate of nachos for dinner last night. No really, I did. We had a busy afternoon and we needed to be at a school function by 7 p.m. We were short on time and that is what my kids said they would eat. So nachos it was. You may be (happily) thinking, even a dietitian has “those nights” (and yes, I do). But, here’s the thing about these nachos. All but one ingredient on the plate earned at least one Guiding Star!
Editors Note: We’re happy to welcome Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN as our new Consulting Dietitian. For her first post on the Guiding Stars blog we asked her to speak about what perspective she hopes to bring to the program. We’re excited to have her on board!
As a working mom of two, I know how hard it is to get it all done.
There are a few things you should know about me. While I am a dietitian, I am not a chef; but I’m a master at creating uncomplicated, go-to options for busy nights. You see, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store, something I know you don’t have time to do. Consider me your personal shopper.