It’s the start of a new school year, and with it comes new goals and new opportunities for kids to shine in school! Whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s always something new to learn, and that includes learning about making smart food choices. Here are some tips to help you choose the best — and best tasting — foods so you can score an A+ in school year meals:
- Choose meat, poultry and dairy products from animals not given added hormones or antibiotics. Read the label carefully, or choose organics.
- Fish around for safer, more sustainable seafood. Know the source. Ask about mercury content. When choosing farm-raised, look for fish never given added hormones or antibiotics.
- Trade hydrogenated oils and trans fats for foods with better fats, including olives, nuts and nut butters, avocados, seeds, eggs and certain types of fish.
- Favor fresh fruits and veggies, particularly organics, and eat a rainbow of colors. When you need a shortcut, choose frozen over canned.
- Skip the artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. Savor the taste of unadulterated real foods.
- Lighten up on refined sugar. Satisfy a sweet tooth with fresh or dried fruit.
- Avoid high-fructose corn syrup. You may be surprised where you find it, so always check the label.
- Go for whole grains. You’ll get more fiber, and in many cases more protein and essential vitamins.
- Say yes to organics whenever you can. You’ll lessen exposure to toxic, persistent pesticides and help the planet, too!
- Nix the nitrates and nitrites added to lunchmeats and bacon. Whole Foods Market offers meats with no synthetic nitrates or nitrites.
We make it pretty easy to follow these tips because our strict Quality Standards
don’t allow foods with high fructose corn syrup, artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives to even step foot in our stores.
Gearing up for a fresh start? Leave a comment to tell us how you’re making the switch to smarter food choices this school year!