Is that cart chock-full of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy stuff? Or is it overloaded with drinks and snacks that don’t offer much nutritional punch?
If you’d like to upgrade your family’s diet, start by upgrading what you’re buying. Focus your week’s menus on wholesome, nutritious ingredients such as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, lean meats and poultry, fresh fish, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggest that families with kids keep these guidelines in mind:
- Eat vegetables and fruits every day.
- Limit juice intake.
- Use vegetable oils (especially ones high in monounsaturated fat such as olive and canola) and soft margarine low in saturated fat and trans-fatty acids instead of butter, shortening, or most other animal fats.
- Eat whole-grain rather than refined-grain breads, cereals, pasta, and rice products.
- Restrict sugar-sweetened beverages and foods.
- Use nonfat or low-fat milk and dairy products daily.
- Eat more fish, especially oily fish that is broiled or baked.
- Reduce salt.