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.