By eating a range of different healthy foods, your child can get the best possible nutrition for growth, development and learning.

How to Choose Daily Diet Foods

How to Choose Daily Diet Foods

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. People often think of healthy eating as an all or nothing proposition, but a key foundation for any healthy diet is moderation. People look at food labels for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily.

Choose from a variety of traditional or specialty, healthy meal plans, such as our fresh vegetarian or gluten free option. We encourage you to try our diet delivery program, we know you will find that our meals not only taste better, they will also be better for you.

Choose a produce rainbow

Richly colored fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients compared to paler ones. Dark-colored spinach as a healthy alternative to pale iceberg lettuce. Brightly colored produce like tomatoes, carrots, pink grapefruit, mangoes, and guava are a good source of carotenoids, a form of vitamin A that may help prevent heart disease.

Serving Size

This section is the basis for determining number of calories, amount of each nutrient, and %DVs of a food. Use it to compare a serving size to how much you actually eat. Serving sizes are given in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount, e.g., number of grams.

Calories

Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of this food. Many Americans consume more calories than they need without meeting recommended intakes for a number of nutrients. The calorie section of the label can help you manage your weight (i.e., gain, lose, or maintain.)

Remember fresh is best

Fresh produce is the healthiest in terms of vitamin and nutrient content. Out of season, frozen fruits and vegetables are a pretty good second choice. These are usually harvested when they’re ripe and frozen right away, so they don’t lose very much nutrition during the processing. Canned vegetables, although still healthy, should be a last choice because many of the C and B vitamins are destroyed in the cooking process.

Limit these Nutrients

Eating too much total fat (including saturated fat and trans fat), cholesterol, or sodium may increase your risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, some cancers, or high blood pressure. The goal is to stay below 100%DV for each of these nutrients per day.

Get Enough of these Nutrients

Americans often don’t get enough dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron in their diets. Eating enough of these nutrients may improve your health and help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions.

Focus on how you feel after eating

This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.