You may think it's too expensive to feed your family healthy foods. Not so, says Laura Buxenbaum, a nutritionist with the Southeast Dairy Association.
A recent study found that 50% of Americans are preparing more meals at home to avoid costly restaurant options. At the same time, the USDA predicts food prices will rise 4.5 to 5.5 percent this year. These statistics show that it's more important than ever to shop smarter at the supermarket and get a nutritional bang for your buck with inexpensive foods like lean meats, milk, eggs and whole grains.
Buxenbaum demonstrated easy, economical ways to incorporate nutrient-rich foods into a healthy lifestyle.
Research shows that a healthy diet and daily exercise can help boost your mood. In addition to improving your mood, vitamin D can also help strengthen bones, especially in children. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled the daily recommendation for vitamin D based on research showing that rickets -- a crippling bone disease -- is remerging. Buxenbaum explained which foods can boost your mood and will highlight recipes that make it simple to add these good mood foods into a daily eating plan.
Check out the recipes at www.southeastdairy.org and click on "Featured Recipes."