Shopping the Center of the Store

Woman shopping for groceries

One of my favorite things about the Guiding Stars program is that it refutes the myth that you must only shop the perimeter of the grocery store in order to find nutritious foods. Before I joined the Guiding Stars team, I worked in community nutrition education for low-income families. Like most shoppers, price was an important factor in my clients’ grocery shopping decisions, along with healthy foods that their family would enjoy. I led healthy shopping tours at stores with Guiding Stars and would use the program to highlight how you can find nutritious foods that fit your budget throughout the store. From this experience I learned that the center of the store is where Guiding Stars really shines. Let me explain why.

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Quick Breakfasts for Self-Care

Cherry Chunk Overnight Oats

If you struggle to start your day off right with a nutritious, energizing breakfast, we can help. You might be busy juggling all of the holiday balls on top of work, family, school, and extracurriculars. You might have more people underfoot than you’re used to while you’re juggling. If the ball you drop is feeding your own body, consider these ideas. Nourishment can be quick.

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Savor Holiday Meals

Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds

At Guiding Stars, we appreciate the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from eating. Sharing holiday meals with family and friends is something we look forward to and we hope you do too. Our mission is to save you time and effort in choosing nutritious food so you can spend more time enjoying it. In this edition of Nutritious Nudges, let’s discuss how to savor special holiday foods without guilt. We hope you will leave the table feeling completely satisfied and content this holiday season.

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Breaking Bread Together & Apart

Soft Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls

Reimagine the season and bring better health to your holidays with Guiding Stars recipes that are easy to make and serve a small, distanced crowd. It takes planning, along with embracing ideas for a COVID-safe gathering and accepting a new take on old traditions. While it may not be the holidays you usually picture, with these ideas and tips, it can still be a season that brings family and friends together, even if while staying six feet apart.

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Sweet Nibbles for Self-Care

Homemade Snack Bars

Keep your energy high and your desire to eat holiday cookies level by picking great snacks. This list of recipes offers a satisfying way to fill a craving for something sweet while providing nutrition. These sweet treats will also fill you up. If making a little extra something to meet your snacking needs is one cooking chore to many, it’s okay. Look for snacks that earn one, two, or three Guiding Stars while you’re shopping to be sure you’ve got easy snacks on hand that offer good, better, and best nutrition.

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Health at Every Size

People exercising together in a class

Nearly three-quarters of American adults are overweight or obese. Health professionals are taught that being overweight is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Perhaps this is why people who have an overweight or obese Body Mass Index (BMI) receive guidance focused on losing weight. The Health at Every Size (HAES) movement pushes back on a weight-focused approach and aims to define health in a more inclusive way. It is gaining traction with nutritional professionals, especially online, so we thought we would share a brief overview.

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Mindful Eating at the Holidays

Hands exchanging a greeting card that says "thankful."

When thinking about eating during the holiday season, mindfulness might not be the first thing that comes to mind! That’s okay…and expected, really. The holidays themselves and the various food scenarios that come with it mean different things to different people. One person’s traditional multi-day preparation for an elaborate Feast of 7 Fishes sounds like someone else’s recipe for multi-day anxiety, for example. But beyond that, this time of year often comes linked with busy-ness, stress, and worries.

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