Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Scoop, Shaker or Spoon on Sodium

If we are only supposed to have about 1 teaspoon of sodium a day, what does that look like in prepared food?  A teaspoon (or about 2300 mg of sodium) is the recommended daily amount for healthy adults.  Here is a great visual to show you, in photos of common foods, what HALF that amount looks like. In other words, choosing these foods for any one meal will provide about half your daily limit.

Take a look HERE.

It shows you as much about what you need to LIMIT as about what you need to CHOOSE.  For example, limit pizza to 1 and 2/5 slice but choose 3 lean chicken breasts.  Limit a yourself to 2/5 of a Chipotle burrito but choose 9 glasses of milk. See a pattern here?  Limit processed, restaurant prepared foods and choose whole, fresh foods. Remember, you prepare it, you control it-the salt shaker, that is.

See some of your favorites on this page?  Fine.  Enjoy.  But split it, share it or save it (for later).  Make it a "sometimes" food.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

School Daze-School Nutrition Teams Inspired

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' blog "Stone Soup" here is a post about our recent training day "A Chefs Challenge". As noted, motivation to serve healthier, tastier food may come from not only wanting to do the best for student customers but also from working with guest chefs and stepping outside our comfort zone.

The competition created a recipe that has since been tested with students and served at our local Farmers Market Chef's Tent.  The recipe was tweaked for ease of preparation and evaluated for nutrition targets. It will be on next year's school menu.

Visit "Stone Soup" here to view more blog posts by Registered Dietitians.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hot Topics-Summer Reading List

You have about 1 month to visit your local bookstore, shop online or go to the library to get your summer books.  Here are some suggestions from Food Tank.  Their  Summer Reading List is for foodies, farmers, locavores, and inquiring minds. 

I like the term agri-culture, with emphasis on culture-the culture of how we grow what we eat, how we acquire what we eat, how we prepare what we eat.

Be an inquiring mind.  Pass up the beach novel for some engaging, thought provoking reads.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "So many books, so little time."