This week's blog post comes from the dietitians over at HealthyDiningFinder.com and their Ask The RD blog. ShopWell is focused on helping its users make healthier choices in the grocery store through a personalized score and Trade Ups based on personal nutrition goals. Healthy Dining Finder has you covered for when you are dining out. On the Healthy Dining Finder website you can search for dietitian-approved healthy choices at participating restaurants. Now you can now enjoy dining out without the guess work and worry about what is healthy!
This blog post fits perfectly with the message of Fruits & Veggies-More Matters month sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). This question is often asked to dietitians. Below is a great answer and includes tips for how to get more produce when dining out.
Question: "What's the big deal about fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables? Can't you get the same nutrients from frozen?"
It's really a matter of personal preference. From a nutritional point of view, you're right….fruits and vegetables that are frozen shortly after being picked retain about as many vitamins and minerals as freshly picked and eaten fruits. Just make sure that there aren’t any other added ingredients (salt, sugar, sauces, etc.) that contribute additional calories, sodium, or fat.
The most important thing for most of us is to eat MORE fruits and veggies — of either kind! Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get your fruits and vegetables at restaurants these days – through salads, side dishes, and even entrées. To add more fruits and vegetables to your diet dining out:
- Look for menu items containing fruits and vegetables when you eat out
- Ask for (extra) lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., on sandwiches, extra cabbage in burritos and tacos, etc.
- Don’t forget that most menu items featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com list the amount of fruit/vegetables to help you make the best choices for your healthy lifestyle.
Search for dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining menu choices near you on-the-go with the mobile HealthyDiningFinder.com. Menu choices are easy to find coast to coast with just the tap of a button.