We all know that sugar is bad for us. We know we should limit our fat intake. We know we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and add more fiber into our diets. We know this, yet we keep reaching for those sweet and salty treats. Sometimes, we just need a reminder.
Last week, my mom and I attended Gail Posner’s (yes, the wonderful Gail that writes articles for ASKinyourface.com!) “Nutrition While You Shop”. Honestly, at the time I didn’t want to go. I was dealing with that nasty stress-induced cold and just wanted to sleep! But I really wanted some guidelines on healthy food shopping. I’m so glad I went! Gail greeted us at Hiller’s and handed us some handouts. The handout I really learned from was the healthy food guidelines. I learned from Gail not to trust food packages.
Some snacks say low-fat, zero calorie, no guilt… what they don’t tell you is they are allowed to lie! Check out some of these so called “guilt-free” snacks and realize they aren’t so healthy for you. Here’s what you need to know when checking food labels (yes, you should always double check the label!):
- There should be 1 gram of saturated or total fat or less per 100 calories and absolutely no trans fat!
- Aim for less than 200 mg. of sodium per serving.
- Aim for under 5 grams of sugar.
- Bread is so deceiving! Go for 100% whole grain. Even bread that claims to be whole grain has “unbleached flour” which is bad for you.
- Aim for 11 servings of fruits and veggies a day – the more colors the better! Yum!
- Go for organic when buying the “dirty dozen”:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
- Avoid additives and nitrates.
We will advertise the next time Gail does her “Nutrition While You Shop”! It is a great opportunity to learn more about what you eat and ask her specific questions. Visit www.gailposner.com for more information.