- Healthy Food is Fun
- How Much Do I Need
- Smarter Shopper - Fruits, Veggies, Grains
- Smarter Shopper - Fats, Salts
- Reading Nutrition Labels
- Eating Healthy Doesn't Have to Be Expensive
- The Price is Right
- Make Mealtimes Fun
- Planning for the Week
- Snack Time - A Bridge Between Meals
- Active Families Have More Fun
- Take Control of TV
- Recipe Pack
How to Be a Smarter Shopper
When you're tight on time and money, being a savvy shopper can be a difficult task. But it's not impossible! Here are some tips to help you shop smarter and eat better. Read the Nutrition Facts on food labels to help you make better choices, even when you are in a hurry!
Shopping for Fruits and Veggies
- Buy fresh fruits and veggies on sale.
- Pick up pre-cut and washed fresh fruit or veggies, like bagged salad mixes. These mixes can save you time, but are usually more expensive than preparing fruits and veggies yourself.
- Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies. Add a handful of frozen veggies to soups, stir-fry or homemade pizza or frozen mixed berries to yogurt.
- Dried fruit makes a great snack!
Shopping for Whole Grains
- Select whole-grain foods by looking for key words on the food labels and ingredient list. Here's how you do it:
- Read the ingredient list. Choose breads, crackers, and cereals that have a whole grain (like whole wheat, barley, oats, rye, or brown rice) listed first on the ingredients and contain no added sugars.
- Don't be fooled! Foods that are "multi-grain," "100% wheat," or made with whole grains," often are not made with whole grains. Check the ingredients list to make sure that a whole grain is listed first!
- Watch out for added sugar. Avoid foods that list sugar as one of the first 3 ingredients. Sugar comes in different forms: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose... it is all just sugar! A good rule of thumb is to choose whole grains with no more than 5 grams of sugar.
- Short on time? Pick up some whole-wheat pitas, whole wheat or corn tortillas, or whole-wheat English muffins for a change from sandwich bread.
- Try something new! Choose quick-cooking grains such as whole grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa.