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Healthy Eating on the Go

nutrition tips

Source: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Today’s families are always busy, weekends are fully scheduled and game season is starting! During hectic days, families need energy to keep them going, but they often end up choosing more convenient foods that are high in fat, added sugar and calories.

Introduce your family to the idea of GO, SLOW and WHOA foods to help them eat healthier. GO foods are low in fat, sugar and calories and are “nutrient dense” (rich in vitamins and other nutrients). Try to avoid SLOW and WHOA foods that are higher in fat, added sugar and calories and that, often, offer fewer nutrients. Click for List of GO, SLOW, WHOA foods

Pack GO foods ahead of time:

Pack healthy snacks in small cooler or tote bag before leaving. Consider water, fresh fruit or veggies, low-fat cheese sticks, whole-grain crackers or greek yogurt.

Make healthy choices at fast-food restaurants:

Options include sandwiches without cheese, salads with low-fat or fat-free dressing, replacing French fries with sliced fruit, and swapping fried meats for grilled options.

Read the labels:

Pick snacks or beverages that are low in calories and added sugar – some stores stock fat-free or low-fat yogurt, fruit or individually portioned trail mix. Try to remember that some prepackaged foods may look like a single serving but actually contain multiple servings.