World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries. You can support breastfeeding and check out information on the World Breastfeeding Week website.
Eating heathly is constantly a challenge. We hope to provide you and your family with easy and great ideas to help you prepare and eat healthy.
I am not sure about you but I always had a problem understanding and explaining the Food Guide Pyramid. I was happy to see the steps included on the side to remind us to exercise but the reasoning for the wide to narrow banding from the bottom to the top of the pyramid was not easy to grasp.
The USDA has ditched the pyramid shape and developed a new plate design called MyPlate. The plate divides the daily composition of our meals into fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein with a small circle beside the plate to represent dairy. It is refreshing to see fruits and vegetables clearly and generously represented. I question the size of the protein portion because dairy and grains are also a source of protein. Hopefully the plate concept will reduce some of the confusion surrounding healthy food choices and enable us to picture portion control and balanced meals.
The website http://www.choosemyplate.gov offers lots of information to help you decide how to fill your plate with healthy food choices.
A study conducted by Baylor College of Medicine found that playing video games featuring fruits and vegetables may encourage children to have healthy eating habits. The children reported an increased intake of fruits and vegetables after playing two video games designed to promote healthy eating and then answering questions about the information. Two of the sites recommended are the Food Champs website (www.FoodChamps.org) and the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters consumer website (www.FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org).
An interesting article in USA Today highlights the debate about the difference between organic and conventionally grown produce. Is organic really better? Do foods grown organically contain less pesticides? Are they worth paying the higher price?
Many people (locavores) are purchasing their produce at the increasing number of weekend markets that are popping up in shopping plazas, parks, and parking lots. These farmers markets feature produce grown under organic conditions or by farmers that use minimal amounts of chemicals.
Wherever you choose to buy your food, remember that the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables to consume on a daily basis is a minimum of five servings.
General Mills has announced it will lower the sugar content in children’s cereals from 11 grams per serving to no more than 10 grams per serving. The move comes in response to the growing problem of childhood obesity and the associated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.