Great nutrition and tight budgets do not need to be at odds. If you struggle to feed your family well on a dime, there’s help to be had. We’ll talk today about some resources for finding food support and some shopping approaches to help stretch your food dollars. During the rest of the month, we’ll talk about cooking techniques to work with what you’ve found.
Canned vegetables are budget-friendly, convenient, and can be a great source of nutrients. They are certainly worthy of their proverbial moment in the sun on the Guiding Stars blog. (To extend shelf life, be sure to store them in a cool, clean and dry place.) Believe it or not, though, many canned vegetables do not earn Guiding Stars.
Running around for do holiday errands on top of your normal workload? Finding time for lunch can be tough. Here are a few ideas that to make in advance. They travel well and taste great. Best of all? You can relish the nutrition they’re providing as you munch.
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.
Keeping nutrition in mind during the holidays can be a struggle. And frankly, it’s the holidays. I think it’s okay to lighten up a bit on the nutrition focus. Just enjoy the season and all it brings—even if what it brings to your kitchen might not be your typical healthful fare.
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.
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.
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.