Editor’s Note: Each Tuesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living toThe Christopher Gabriel Program.We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1220pm (central) every Tuesday at WDAY.com or, if you’re in North Dakota or western Minnesota, listen on your radio at AM970 WDAY.
GREEN TIP: Eat a variety of foods to make sure you are getting the fullest range of nutrients in your diet. A great way to do this is by avoiding processed foods and Eat a Rainbow – choose fresh fruits and vegetables from each color of a rainbow.
To read more about Eating a Rainbow, visit Fruit & Veggies More Matters.
Eating healthy is important for everyone but it’s especially critical for children. Pound for pound, children eat and drink more than adults so healthy eating is essential in order to safely nourish their growing bodies.
Here are some healthy eating tips from our friends at Healthy Child, Healthy World:
- Choose to eat and prepare organic, whole foods rather than packaged foods whenever possible. The easiest way to eat healthier is to start making your food instead of buying prepared food and warming it.
- Avoid genetically modified organisms (aka GMOs or genetically engineered foods). For more information on GMOs visit www.responsibletechnology.org.
- Choose safer seafood. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website to learn more and print a pocket guide.
- Read labels. Look for foods with few and identifiable ingredients. Avoid the top five risky additives: Artificial Colors (anything that begins with FD&C ), Chemical Preservatives (Butylated Hydroxyanisole [BHA], Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate), Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin), Added Sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup [HFCS], Corn Syrup, Dextrose, etc), Added Salt (Look at the sodium content and choose foods with the lowest amounts.)
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
Visit www.realmomslovetoeat.com and discover creative recipes for tasty, fresh whole food meals, food facts and lots of healthy inspiration.
Beth Aldrich is the author of the new book, Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous (Penguin Books, January, 2012). The book, written in a funny, conversational tone, offers easy-to-follow weekly tips to help moms find the best way to love food, lose weight and still look fabulous. We have to eat three or more times a day, so why not love every bite. TO ORDER your copy, visit her page on Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.com/Real-Moms-Love-Eat-Fabulous/dp/0451235584/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1