Some New Information about our Food System.

pestoU.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.
The so-called Innate potato, which produces less of a cancer-causing chemical when it is fried, was developed by a major McDonald’s supplier.
http://nyti.ms/1snszmI

Revised Food Labels Still Won’t Tell Whole Story
Proposed changes will do some good things, like mention added sugars separately. But they won’t make it quick and easy for consumers to choose healthier foods.
http://nyti.ms/1oMb6sl

Food Scores, a New Web Service, Ranks Grocery Items on Ingredients and Nutrition
The database assigns a score to 80,000 products based on factors like how nutritious and processed they are.
http://nyti.ms/1tAqzLN

Appetizers, Whoa!

Who doesn’t love a good mini quiche or a nice mini pig in the blanket? We all do. But…the nutritional value of these foods is​ not so great. They are all mini balls of fat and salt flavored with sugar, hard to resist for any human. One appetizing snack can pack 250 calories each, and as Mom says ‘ spoil your dinner.’
Healthy eating strategies I use at the appetizing hour.

I choose one splurge food per party or event. One party I will just have dessert, the next party I let my self have the chips. I try not to eat chips,dessert​, ​ and wine at any one given event. This can save me from consuming between 500 and 1000 calories per event.

Stick with salsa for a dip
Salsa is low fat, has vitamin C and fiber and feels like a treat! It can have a lot of salt so watch your salt intake with this dip.

Eat the veggies, olives and hummus:
These foods have plenty of nutritional value and fiber to keep you feeling full. Feeling full can keep you from grabbing more food that your body does not need.

Fill up a small plate of snacks: Choose a small plate and fill it up with your snack allowance and don’t eat any more that what is on the plate.

Don’t sit next to the snack table:
Sitting next to the snack table can lead to endless picking at chips and dip. Sit someplace else. Go talk to a friend or relative instead of eating.

6) Drink 3 glasses of water: This can help you feel full and prevent dehydration from alcohol and salt often served at Holiday parties.

7) Cheese Limits: Oh the cheese! So many to choose from, and there is the Almond covered cheese ball that you only get this time of year! Yum. Try and stick with 2 small slices of cheese per party and put it on a whole grain cracker.

Did you have too many snacks any way, despite my wonderful advice? Dance a little! Dancing is fun and will help burn off those snacks.