There is more variety on today’s grocery store shelves than ever before. With so many choices, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Most of us want to eat healthier for less- we compare prices for best value, but do we check the Nutrition Fact’s label on the back of most products to find the best nutrition value? For many of us it is just too time consuming and sometimes confusing.
Not with NuVal®! The NuVal® Nutritional Scoring system makes healthier eating easier by providing comprehensive nutrition information in a single number- from 1 to 100! The higher the number score, the better the nutrition! With the help of the NuVal® you can make a trade up to better health quickly and easily. The NuVal® scoring system uses a sophisticated scoring system developed by Dr. Katz of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. The score is based on more than 30 nutrients and nutrition factors that include their effects on health outcomes.
Some examples of foods that score 100 points with the NuVal l® Scoring system are:
Broccoli- Blueberries- Spinach-Skim Milk-Non-Fat plain yogurt. The good news is that almost all fresh, or frozen fruits and vegetables (with no sugar or salt added) score 100 points!
In addition to being mindful of the Nutrition scores of food products when shopping, try these other tips to make shopping easier, less stressful and to save $$
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry. You’re more likely to make impulse purchases on less nutritious items that cost more.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it. If you keep a running list at home of items that need to be replaced, you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything.
- Organize your list into sections according to the layout of the supermarket. This cuts down on time and the number of passes you need to make through the aisles.
- Check for supermarket specials. These are printed in the newspaper or online. Plan your shopping trip around what’s on sale.
Also try, Super Tracker, a free online tool where you can get a personalized nutrition and activity plan. Visit, www.ChooseMyPlate.gov., for tips and ideas to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead. Enter information about yourself and Super Tracker will give you a calorie range and food plan to help manage your weight. For recipes, tips and more go to www.eatsmartnewyork.org.
Source: March is National Nutrition month- Visit: www.eatright.org for more information.