Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Make Better Food Choices

Some foods have less food value per calorie than others. They are also often too high in sugar, fat, or salt (sodium chloride). You and your baby need lots of food value (nutrients) to be healthy. So choose foods with lots of food value per calorie.

Eat lots of these foods:
Fast Foods:Hamburgers, Fried Chicken, Pizza, French Fries, Snack Chips, Soda Pop, Pastries, Rich Desserts

Eat more of these foods:
Fruit Snacks:Dried Apples, Dates, Raisins, Prunes, Pineapple, Apricots, Peaches, Frozen Unsweetened Cherries, Strawberries, Icy Melon Balls, Fruit Canned in its own juice, Ice Cold Fresh or Juice

Veggies:Raw Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini. Cauliflower, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes
*Use low fat or fat-free dips or spreads with veggies

Nifty Nibbles:Whole Grain Crackers, Cheese, Unbuttered Popcorn, Unsalted Pretzels, Trail Mix, Nuts

Terrific Treats:Puddings (Mild, Rice or Bread), Custards, Low Fat Ice Cream, Low Fat or Nonfat Yogurts, Cookies made with whole wheat flour, Applesauce, Raisins, Nuts or Oatmeal (Reduced sugar and fat in favorite recipes)

Read nutrition fact labels:
% Daily value on label tells you if a food is high or low in a nutrient.

Less than 5% of Daily Value
Poor Source
10-19% of the Daily Value
Good Source
20% or more of Daily Value
Excellent Source

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