We’ve all done the reading on the importance of balancing fruits and vegetables with protein and grains - especially in light of the USDA MyPlate initiative, which updated the popular Food Pyramid with an icon that pares down nutrition into bite sized pieces. (Pun intended!) The focus is on making good nutrition simple by making half your place fruits and vegetables. Simple, yes. But is it affordable?
Our goal at Learning ZoneXpress is to promote good nutrition and health education to kids and part of that is making it more accessible. We are big proponents of FACS (Family and Consumer Science) programs and classwork and we used our subject experts to come up with MyPlate on a Budget Handouts that do make good nutrition accessible to all budgets.
The MyPlate on a Budget Handouts feature money saving options for healthy, low-cost meal ideas that taste great and follow the MyPlate guidelines. They are great for giving to parents, health care providers, teachers, food professionals; colorful and engaging they make affordable nutrition easier. Here are some of the tips:
- Buy seasonal
- Try your local farmers’ market
- Visit the freezer aisle
- Buy in bulk
- Buy it whole
- Go generic