Orange Squash

Squash & Leek Lasagna

Pumpkin pie is one way to eat pumpkin. I guess. Between you, me, and the internet, however, I don’t get it. If I’m going to indulge in a sweet treat, pumpkin pie is pretty low on my list of choices. And frankly, there are SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS you can do with pumpkin or squash puree. Let’s play.

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Ahold Delhaize USA Commits to Improving Nutrition of Their Products

Graphic with styled text stating the Ahold Delhaize USA commitment that 54% of its private brand food sales will earn Guiding Stars by June 2025.

We’re pleased to congratulate our clients at Ahold Delhaize USA (ADUSA) for their commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). ADUSA has committed to improving the nutritional quality of the products sold throughout their grocery brands. ADUSA uses Guiding Stars to measure nutrition in their products. By 2025, at least 54% of ADUSA’s private label and unbranded bulk items will earn one, two, or three Guiding Stars.

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The Color Orange

Butternut Brains

In addition to eating plenty every day, health professionals recommend eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables because it’s the best way to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and nurients you need. Each color group of produce is rich in specific nutrients that help form a well-balanced diet. No single fruit or vegetable – not even superfoods – can provide all of the nutrients you need. Since Halloween is in just a few weeks, we thought we would dig a little deeper (perhaps 6 feet below the ground…) on the color orange. In this edition of Surprising Stars, we will discuss why the color orange is important for our health, share some ways to eat more orange fruits and vegetables and get clear on colors in the Guiding Stars algorithm.

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Are Carrots Really Good for Your Eyes?

Pumpkin Hummus

There are many messages we’ve heard for so long that we just believe them to be truth. “Wear a jacket or you’ll catch a cold.” “Cracking joints causes arthritis.” These are two examples (and incidentally, are myths) that come to mind. But what about carrots and eye health? Are carrots good for your eyes, or is that another health message we’ve been led to believe? Carrots are delicious, versatile, and ideal for a variety of snacks and sides, but are we increasing our odds for 20/20 vision when we enjoy them? Let’s take a closer look (sorry, couldn’t resist).

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Eating Orange

Brown Butter Pumpkin Soup

October is all about the color orange. It’s everywhere: including food. Guiding Stars debits foods that use artificial colors, but that doesn’t mean orange food is out. Looking at fruits and vegetables alone, there’s a panoply of orange to be munched. During the month of October, Kitchen Smarts will be exploring in-depth a few categories of delicious and nutritious orange foods.

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How Does Guiding Stars Define “Nutritious”?

Woman shopping

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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Guiding Stars & Healthier Food Systems

Open laptop on a wood table shows a slide from Julie's presentation highlighting the nutrients Guiding Stars focuses on

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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