August is Kids Eat Right Month, a new nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation.
Kids Eat Right Month spotlights healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families, offering simple steps to help families cook healthy, eat right and shop smart.This month will also featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists. Click the link to see more: www.eatright.org/kids.
The kids in the South usually go back to school in August so this kick off of the Kids Eat Right Program has come at the right time! Today we are going to focus on Shop Smart!
It is great to go food shopping with your children because you can use the is time to teach your child how to shop for food smartly and healthy. Here are some tips to shop smart:
- Plan menus and write a shopping list that corresponds with the store aisles. Look for menu planning and recipes on your supermarket’s website. Many sites feature tools for planning and pricing meals.
- Shop once or twice a week. Don’t buy on impulse! Limit impulse buys which can save you time and the cost of gas. Buy what you need not what you or your children want. Always bring a shopping list and try to stick to purchasing the items from this list.
- If you’re taking your kids food shopping, then feed them a light nutritious snack before leaving home so they (and you) don’t get tempted by less nourishing snacks and store samples. Try peanut butter on apple slices or yogurt with low fat granola.
- Compare nutrition facts on the product’s label to determine how much nutrition you’re getting for your food dollar. Review the serving size and the total number of servings in the container. If you are keeping track of your child’s blood sugar then, look at carbohydrates, including added sugar and the fiber content on the food label.
- Peruse the perimeter. Most foods for a health- and cost-conscious eating plan are found by shopping the supermarket’s boundary. Then, with your shopping list in tow, visit just the aisles you need to balance fresh selections. (See Aisle by Aisle Top Picks.)
- Choose a variety of in-season whole fresh fruits and vegetables. They’ll be most abundant, most nutritious, and least expensive. For produce not in season, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables (with little or no added salt or sugar) are a nutritious option.
- Start clipping coupons! Just be sure to use coupons only on foods that you need not the ones you desire.
- But Store Brand Products. Private label brands are often 15 to 20 percent less expensive than their national brand counterparts while the quality of the food may match the national brand.
- Compare Unit Prices. Use the “unit price” (price per pound, ounce or pint) to compare national brands with store brands, or bulk and economy-sizes with single-serve or regular-size packages. Many stores show the unit price on a shelf tag.
- Pay Attention at the Check-Out. Make sure prices ring up as advertised or as indicated on the shelf label, especially for sale items. Some stores will even give you the item free if they make a mistake on the price.
Even though your child may get mad at you for not giving them the sweets, sugary food items, do not cave in! Show them that eating healthy and nutritious food can also be very tasty too! So start planning your food shopping today! Next week, I will talk about Cook Healthy. So get ready to start cooking healthy!!