Tips for healthy eating

“Eat At Home Missouri” website offers tips for healthy eating

The Eat At Home Missouri website seeks to encourage consumers to eat together as a family, help people plan better meals, and prepare healthier choices.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Obesity has become a raising concern in America. For instance, the National Center for Health Statistics states that obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 70’s. In addition, employed Americans work an average of 7.5 hours per day on weekdays, according to the Time Use Survey published in 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These two factors have a direct effect on people eating unhealthy and expensive food on the go.

As a response to these issues, Missouri Grocers Association has created the Eat At Home Missouri website in order to fight back the alarming numbers of obese people and promote family values. According to Janelle Haik, EatAtHomeMissouri.com Communication and Events Coordinator, “the objective of this website is to provide consumers a learning resource so they can learn how to cut calories from their daily diets, determine the quality of the food they are eating, and become budget friendly.”

Some of the founding pillars that are promoted on the website include that eating at home helps consumers save money, develop healthy habits, and spend more quality time with…

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Predictions for 2013

Predictions for 2013: More Cooking and Buying Benefits for You

Many factors have influenced the way we eat and buy food nowadays. Not only weather conditions have changed during the last years, but also we, as consumers, have modified our eating and purchasing habits. Nothing is static, everything is constantly changing. For this reason, we want to share with you some of the major trends that some analysts predict will happen in terms of who is doing the shopping and how consumers are eating.

The top 5 trends in the food industry for this coming year are:

More daddies are cookers and grocery shoppers

A study published in Forbes Magazine concludes that 51% of the men surveyed considered themselves the primary grocery shopper in their household. This means that, now more than ever before, men feel comfortable being the ones who go to the supermarket. Also, some studies suggest that more dads than moms are planning meals and cooking for the family. So if you are a male and you like cooking, this is good news for you because the food industry is now paying attention to your needs in terms of types of food, recipes, and promotions.

More meals, smaller portions

Several doctors and nutritionists recommend that, if you don’t want to gain some extra pounds, include in your daily diet more quality snacks and mini-meals. By doing so, you will not only reduce eating big portions of food in just three meals but you can also increase variety of food.

More breakfast meals for a better performance

A pilot study conducted to all students in four elementary schools in Minnesota revealed that breakfast drastically increases student attention, reduces behavioral problems and visits to the nurse, and improves their overall learning process in subjects like math. Now, people are focusing on not only having breakfast every single day, but also choosing higher quality-food that is high in protein—like eggs, yogurt, and milk—at cheaper prices.

More Frozen Foods

A survey conducted in 2010 by the market research company Packaged Facts revealed that 72% if Americans eat frozen prepared foods. Instead of decreasing, this percentage has increased in the last two years. Not only the FDA has proven that there is no nutritional difference between fresh and frozen foods, but also Americans don’t have enough time to cook. Frozen foods are great options if both you and your partners have jobs that demand more than 40 hours a week.

More food consciousness

According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40% of the food in the US goes uneaten each month. This means that almost half of the food we buy at the grocery stores goes directly to the trashcan. Since we are going through rough times, many people have started to realize the importance of using leftovers as a second meal. Also, Americans are now more responsible with the environment; as a result, they are recycling more.

Finally, if you want to save money and live healthier, all you need to do is make these five trends part of your habits in the new year to come!

Consumers Turning to Turkey More Often

It is well known that when it comes to poultry sales, chicken rules the roost, but as the holidays approach, could it be time for turkey to gobble up a bigger share of the US market?

According to new research from Mintel on the U.S. poultry market, it just might be as sales of turkey, duck, and other specialty birds grew a considerable 6.5 percent in just one year, reaching $7.1 billion (2011–12).

Growing from $6 billion in 2008, other poultry products, largely consisting of turkey, grew the most in this category. Moreover, more than eight in 10 (84 percent) Americans say they eat turkey; chicken is eaten by 94 percent, and other poultry, such as duck, goose, and hen, are consumed by 23 percent of the population.

Today, poultry in the U.S. is valued at $30 billion (2012), with chicken parts accounting for 58 percent of the total poultry market. Worth $17.3 billion in 2011, sales of chicken parts grew 4.5 percent year on year.

Meanwhile, whole chickens weren’t chicken scratch, with sales of $5.5 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.6 percent over 2011.

“The growth of other poultry products over 2011 and 2012 is partly attributed to the increasing popularity of Heritage turkeys, which are bigger, take longer to reach maturity, and sell for more than standard turkeys,” says John N. Frank, category manager for…

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The Joys of Healthy Christmas Eating

Besides jingles, Santa Claus, and presents, what else comes to your mind when you think about Christmas? Probably your answer is “food.” Christmas is an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and sit together as a family to enjoy delicious Christmas dishes. However, you might be thinking right now, how are you going to eat all your favorite food without gaining weight? For that, we have some tips that you can apply to your holiday diet so you can eat without remorse:

Moderation is the Key to Success

It is not about taking out sugary desserts and food high in fat; it is all about eating small portions. To achieve this, some of the things you can do is eat on a smaller plate, eat little portions of all the food choices instead of lots of one, drink several glasses of water, and don’t over serve. These are easy actions you can take that will make you enjoy your favorite dishes without gaining unwanted pounds.

Choose Among Alternatives

If you are in charge of the cooking, pick healthier alternatives regarding ingredients when being at the grocery store. For instance, you can make a sugar-free dessert or use olive oil instead of other oil options. If you are the guest of the party and you have no decision regarding the dishes that will be available, you still can make a healthier decisions in terms of which foods you are going to serve on your plate.

Eat a Late Lunch

Do not starve on Christmas Eve! If you do it, you will be extremely hungry when dinner comes and you will not make a smart decision when reviewing food alternatives and moderating your portions. Instead, have a healthy late lunch so your stomach will be satisfied when dinner comes.

Don’t Forget About Exercising

Christmas day is not an excuse for you to be lazy! Start your morning by doing 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, like running, lifting some weight, or doing any type of cardiovascular activity. This will help you be more alert and energetic for all the things you have to do on that day.

Follow these easy tips during Christmas day and all the festivities that go along with it and you will enjoy all the delicious food that is prepared for the holidays without gaining a single pound!

Healthy Schools

Many children consume at least half of their daily calories at school, and for many children, food served at school may be the only food they regularly eat.

With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever. Let’s Move! is committed to providing healthier foods in our nation’s schools, and encourages all schools to provide school breakfast.

In 2012, we accomplished a critical step on the road to deliver healthier food to our nation’s school children when the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new rules that will boost the nutritional quality of the meals eaten by school children every day. The rules represent the first major revision of school meal standards in more than 15 years and make sure our kids’ lunches and breakfasts will have more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat and sodium and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served

Principles, teachers, school nutrition workers and parents can help make schools healthier places to learn by providing quality food and…

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Hot Cocoa in a Jar

Hot Cocoa in a Jar

It is that time of the year in which everything tastes so sweet, so how about drinking hot cocoa during these chilly days? We bet you will love it!

It is winter time and, if you are like most of us, all you can think of is enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. From family dinners to grab-and-go breakfasts, hot cocoa has become one of the most popular drinks for Americans during Holidays. With lovely decorations, handmade jars of hot cocoa are also a great gift you can give to the people you love. By doing so, you can certainly save some money and make someone smile. Follow these easy steps and, in less than 10 minutes, you will have a lovely handmade jar of hot cocoa.

  1. Buy the following ingredients: Hot cocoa mix, Mini marshmallows, Chocolate chips, Crushed candy canes (optional), A Mason jar
  2. Put ½ cup of cocoa mix in the bottom of the jar.
  3. Add 4 teaspoons of your favorite chocolate chips over the cocoa mix.
  4. Follow the same process with the mini marshmallows, adding 4 teaspoons of them over the chocolate chips.
  5. Seal the jar with the lid. Decorate with ribbon and include a small handmade card with a creative message.

Voila! You have now a very creative and delicious gift you can give to family, friends, or even your coworkers. A 6 oz. jar of cocoa mix serves for four people.
Once you have finished the jar and you are ready to drink it, follow these easy steps:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix with 1 cup of boiling water.
  2. Serve it in a cup.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
  4. Enjoy.

Your Diet Starts at Home

Are you tired of spending a lot of money in restaurants and eating unhealthy food? If your answer is yes, this program is perfect for you. The Eat at Home Missouri movement is an initiative by Missouri Grocers Association to encourage consumers to develop healthy habits, become budget friendly, eat together as a family and promote the grocery industry in Missouri. This movement focuses on educating consumers on the importance and benefits of eating at home and, at the same time, motivating families to make these Eat at Home habits part of their lifestyle. Some of these benefits are that:

It allows you to manage your budget

You can manage your personal finances in a way that your budget doesn’t suffer. Meal Planning 101, which is part of the Eat at Home Missouri campaign, provides you four easy steps so you can learn how to plan your recipes, make a grocery list, shop wisely, and save time by becoming organized in the kitchen. Crystal, a blogger from Money Saving Mom, states that if you are like the typical American family, just cutting one meal out per week can save you between $250 and $1,500 per year. Can you imagine how much money you can save if you eat at home more often?

Prevent obesity from happening to you and your family

Eating at home helps you eat smaller portions and less high-calorie food. Instead of eating trans fats and products high in sugar or salt, look for food in the grocery store such as meat, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and milk which contain the amount of nutrients, proteins, and vitamins that your body needs to function at its best. Remember the phrase “We are what we eat”? This means that you will not only feel good, but you will also look good. You will have more energy to do all the daily activities and duties that your job, home, or school demands.

You strengthen your family values

When was the last time you had dinner with your family? Nowadays, we live under a busy schedule, which means that we rarely have time to spend with our kids, parents, or relatives. If you are like the typical American family, both you and your partner have jobs and the only time available to sit at the table is during dinner time, so use your time wisely. A research published by the Huffington Post concluded that children who regularly sit at the table during breakfast, lunch, or dinner with their parents are 42 percent less likely to drink and 50 percent less likely to smoke. Also, regular dinners prevent girls from becoming anorexic or bulimic.

These are just some of the benefits that you can have when eating in becomes a habit. Learn more about Eat at Home Missouri by navigating the website so you can make a more informed decision next time you are asking yourself “So what would I have for dinner today?”