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Maximizing MyPlate Guidelines, Part 2: Watch Your Calorie, Sodium, and Added Sugar Intake

Foodamentals By June 16, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Myplate_white Last week, I introduced the USDA's new MyPlate program and discussed ways to choose healthy foods in each food group (check out the post here if you missed it). This week in Part 2 of Maximizing MyPlate Guidelines, I'll dive deeper into new recommendations for calories, sodium, and added sugar intake.

We here at ShopWell applaud the USDA for creating straightforward, actionable guidelines to help us reach our food and nutrition goals.  The information found at ChooseMyPlate.gov brings one's attention back to foods at each meal by asking Americans to fill a quarter of their plates each with vegetables, fruits, protein, and grains and have a serving of dairy on the side. read more

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Maximizing MyPlate Guidelines, Part 1: Find The Right Foods For You

Foodamentals By June 8, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Myplate_green Late last week, the USDA announced a change from the long running MyPyramid program to the MyPlate program, a simpler plan focused on portion sizes of healthy foods at each meal. The information found at ChooseMyPlate.gov brings one's attention back to foods at each meal by asking Americans to fill a quarter of their plates each with vegetables, fruits, protein, and grains and have a serving of dairy on the side while being mindful of calorie, sodium, and added sugar intake. We here at ShopWell applaud the USDA for creating straightforward, actionable guidelines to help us reach our food and nutrition goals.

Now that you have clear direction on how much to eat, take a moment and ask yourself: is my pantry stocked with the foods that meet these new guidelines and are right for me?

Want to make improvements? In Part 1 of the series on MyPlate guidelines, I'll start with suggestions for maximizing your vegetable, fruit, grain, protein, and dairy options. Next week, I'll dive into more tips around calories, sodium, and sugar.

To get started, choose one of the following areas to improve and use the tips, searches, and lists to start trading up the foods in your pantry today.

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Grilling This Weekend? Add Some Veggies and Fruit

Foodamentals By May 25, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Grilled Peaches As summer is approaching, it is time once again to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. For many that means barbequeing. At the end of last summer, I posted some tips for grilling veggies and fruits which are chock full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals and important to a healthy diet. I want to share them again with you today. Happy Grilling!

Zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, pineapple, peaches, even apples are all great vegetables and fruit to try on the grill.  read more

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Follow the Rainbow to Your Own Pot of Gold This Spring: A Healthier You

Foodamentals By March 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Spring is almost here. With the new buds forming and the warm weather approaching, I want to take the time to ask, do you eat the rainbow everyday? Fotolia_16261243_S

Fruit, vegetables, and other plant-based foods all have strong pigments, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are important to our daily health. Called phytochemicals, these pigments are important in combating daily stress from both the environment and within and keeping the body in fighting health. From white to red to green to blue and all the colors in between, fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes come in colors from across the rainbow. A great way to see if you are getting all the phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other natural substances you need is to count your colors. read more

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Registered Dietitians: Thank you for all of the work you do!

Chew on This, Foodamentals By March 9, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Happy Registered Dietitian Day everyone!

I just want to take a moment to wish every Registered Dietitian a wonderful day. Thanks everyone for the work you do getting people healthy and keeping them that way. 

I have had a wonderful past few weeks connecting with dietitians all over the country as part of the work I am doing for the ShopWell RD Network. I am honored to be amoungst such a dedicated and selfless group Nutritiontrendsbrianandmarci of professionals. I am also happy to work with such a great team here at ShopWell who really respect the
work of dietitians and take our expertise seriously.  read more

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010: Start making changes today using ShopWell

Around the Table, Foodamentals By February 1, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

On Monday, the USDA and HHS announced the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. We here at ShopWell are excited by this focus on nutrition. We take guidelines like these seriously and incorporate them into our site, making them actionable. So take a moment and ask yourself: am I doing all I can to stay healthy?

If not, here are some great ways to use ShopWell to get you started making dietary changes today.

Calories in should equal calories out:

PNLTo maintain a healthy weight, it is helpful to know how many calories you burn each day, so you can know how many calories you should take in. read more

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Visit ShopWell at FNCE Booth #3085

Around the Table, Foodamentals By November 3, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

ShopWell has been hard at work preparing for the launch of our service to the nutrition community at the 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Booth #3085. We can't wait to arrive in Boston!

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