Two Easy Ways to Shop For Healthy Food
Shop by color- A peach is green.
Posting calories hasn’t worked as well as expected. Researchers are trying different approaches to improve the health value of the food people purchase.
The August issue of the Yale Rudd Center Health Digest reported on a study done in the cafeteria at Mass General Hospital that showed that color-coded food helped hospital workers make healthier choices. Using the traffic light style color codes (green, yellow and red) on food and beverage selections -green being the healthiest and red the least healthy items. 4,642 employees were tracked and after 6 months food with a red label decreased by 15% and beverages with the red label decreased 39%.
Color-coding food is an effective way to cut through the nutritional clutter and help people avoid unhealthy items.
I hope we see color-coding coming to our stores soon.
Shop by Number- A peach is 100
Another approach already in many supermarkets across the country is shopping by number. I described The Nu Val system in a blog on 6/14/12. After that blog was posted I got some emails thanking me. I urged readers to ask their supermarket to add the Nu Val System.
It is a number system (1-100) the higher the number the more nutritious the food. This is another simple way to move towards improving the quality of your purchases.
Whether you use numbers or colors- once you get the food home you need to get the kids to eat it.
Easy ways to get kids to eat what you bought
With just a few raisins it’s easy to make a fun plate that will entice kids to eat healthy food.
Four raisins in a bowl of oatmeal will make a funny face…and if kids make it, they’ll eat it.
Using an amusing and creative approach may get kids interested in expanding their food choices-especially if they are involved in making the meal!
Put a few veggies on the plate to make a nose, eyes and mouth and you might get the kids to eat that too.
Utilizing some easy, methods we can cut down on the feeling of being overwhelmed with nutritional information and improve the quality of our lives.
See our book, Funny Food for inspirations.