Did you know that about one in five people get the flu each year? Flu season peaks in January, February and March but as we head into the hectic holiday season, it’s not too early to start taking steps to stay healthy this year! The experts agree that fending off a cold or the flu is a lot more complicated than simply eating extra fruits and vegetables and proper handwashing! However, doctors and dietitians do agree that a well-rounded, healthful diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables can provide the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Science shows you need to have a well-balanced diet to supply the nutrients needed to support a healthy immune system, so be sure to choose foods from each food group every day.
With colder weather and more time obligations, it’s more important than ever to make time to take care of yourself and your family. Smart and tasty food choices paired up with fun activities will help manage holiday stress and extra calories. Here are some easy ways gear up for the busy season!
Now is the perfect time to get the whole family eating a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal or snack to help provide important nutrition while keeping the overall meal colorful and delicious. Because fruits and vegetables are typically good choices in terms of calories and fat, it’s a great way to eat better with weight management in mind, too.
Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks and spend time with friends, family, and loved ones. Holiday favorites can have a place on the menu as part of the fun and tradition of the season. When it comes to meal planning, keep health in mind and remember to look at the whole day, not just one food. Here are some strategies to get through the day and still stay on track with eating better.
What’s it like to live on $35 worth of groceries for the week? We likely all have a budget in mind when we head to the store to buy our groceries, but for the nearly 47 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, shopping on a tight budget is a reality of everyday life, and this is what the average person receives. So this September, for Hunger Action Month, when ABC7 Chicago asked me to take the SNAP Challenge to see if I could make balanced, nutritious meals on $35 for the week, I said yes.
Planning is Key When Shopping, Eating on a Budget.