I found a great new resource, courtesy of Whole Foods!
I got a chance to meet the Jacksonville Whole Foods Health Starts Here (HSH) representative, Heather, earlier this month and can’t wait to use all the great info she shared.
As she discussed this most recent Whole Foods HSH program, I was so inspired and excited to hear stuff that made sense to me put together in such a nice, neat package. It’s not about dieting. It’s not about buying all Whole Foods’ most expensive specialty items.
It is about making smart choices, even in small beginner steps if that’s where you are, to strive toward a wholesome and well-rounded approach to food. They established “four pillars of healthy eating:”
- Eating food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives.
- Reconfiguring your plate so the majority of each meal is created from vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
- Eating fats from the right sources — eliminating extracted oils and processed fats.
- Choose foods that are rich in micronutrients when compared to their total caloric content.
So, to summarize, you should eat veggies–not tubs of margarine. Is your mind blown yet? 😉
But Heather taught me a few other things:
- What the heck an ANDI score is: ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.” It’s a way to score foods and was developed by Eat Right America. The HSH website even provides charts for the top 10 nutrient dense foods in a variety of categories (dairy, fish, beans, green veggies, etc.).
- Some amazing recipes: I’m a recipe troller. I love perusing blogs and professional food sites looking for things to try. This is an easy go-to healthy meal planning resource. She even offers HSH cooking demonstrations (free samples!) every week. You can check your store’s calendar to see if you have a Heather, too.
- Ideas for even healthier smoothies: I’ve enjoyed the addition of spinach for quite some time. However, Heather mentioned kale is an even more nutrient-dense green to up the health quotient.
So what do you think? Does anyone else put kale in smoothies? Did I ruin anyone’s week by mentioning it’s not smart to eat a tub of margarine? Try to make it a great week no matter what!