Hudson Valley Restaurants
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Dutchess County

Healthy Food Options

 All Bangall ListingsDutchess

 Bangall Healthy Food Options

12506, Farm-To-Table cuisine, Bangall, NY, Dutchess County, organic breads, local agriculture, menus, Local, grass-fed, organic ingredients, Outdoor dining, patio, Sunday Brunch, food is amazing, Restaurant Review | Dutchess Red Devon "Farm-To-Table"

  The Red Devon, serving Farm-To-Table cuisine, is located at 108 Hunns Lake Road, Bangall, NY 12506, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. "We serve fair trade organic coffee, organic breads and produce and use only biodegradable or recycled paper products in the Market . . . In supporting our local agriculture we are supporting our local economy." Press blue button for menus, hours, and more. Red Devon   "Farm-To-Table" | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
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 Beacon Healthy Food Options

12508, breakfast, lunch, and pastries, Beacon NY, food is fresh, homemade, desserts, cookies, Restaurant Review, Outdoor dining, Serving breakfast, lunch, pastries, Vegetarian options, The word is, Small cafe with cozy atmosphere | Dutchess Homespun Foods

  Homespun Foods, serving breakfast, lunch, and pastries, is located at 232 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley.

From Homespun Foods: "From the moment you walk through our door, you'll feel at home at Homespun Foods. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and welcoming - the food is fresh, homemade and delicious. Choose from fresh, hearty sandwiches, creative salads, homemade soups and generous platters. Homespun Foods | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12508, organic beef burgers, veggie burgers, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley, 100% grass fed, 100% local, and 100% organic, best burgers, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review | Dutchess Poppy's Burgers and Fries "Grass-Fed beef"

  Poppy's Burgers-Fries-Vegetarian is located at 184 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Poppy's: "Poppy’s opened in January 2009 in Beacon, NY with a mission to provide affordable, farm fresh food in a casual environment. Poppy’s places as much demand as possible on local purveyors to support the local economy and provide the consumer with quality food. All of Poppy’s meat is 100% organic, 100% humanely raised and 100% local. Grass fed beef is not only a leaner choice of meat, but also contains a higher percentage of omega fatty acids. Grass fed cattle live in open farmland and eat grass, which their bodies process with ease. It has a distinct, clean flavor that melts in your mouth."

"All of our beef is
100% Grass Fed and Finished
100% Hudson Valley
100% Humanely Raised Poppy's Burgers and Fries  "Grass-Fed beef" | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Fishkill ListingsDutchess

 Fishkill Healthy Food Options

12524, Farm to Table, Bistro, local, organic, grass fed, menu, Fishkill, NY, local farmers, Hudson Valley purveyors, Restaurant Review, Farm-to-Table, Live Music, Local, grass-fed, and organic options, Serving lunch and dinner, The word is | Dutchess Farm To Table Bistro

  Farm To Table Bistro, serving a local, organic, and grass fed menu, is located at 1083 Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Farm to Table Bistro: "Farm To Table Bistro features all natural, 100% additive & nitrate free poultry, meat & fish. We Cure & Pickle Most Everything In House & Source Most Of Our Ingredients From Local & Regional Farms"

"We source most of our ingredients from local farmers and creameries and use as many local Hudson Valley purveyors as possible. The promise we make to our customers is to provide them with the freshest ingredients that are seasonably available and do so by purchasing locally whenever possible. Local” gets thrown out there very often without any concept of what it really means. For instance, we shake hands every Tuesday with the man who makes our fresh hot dogs (Peter’s Meat Market), we drink espresso corretto with one of the local farmers we use for produce (Taliaferro’s Farm) and we are only a hop-skip away from one of the best cheese makers in the area.” Farm To Table Bistro | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

10524, Fishkill, NY, Frozenberry in Fishkill, self-serve non-fat, frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, frozen treat, healthy non-fat frozen yogurt, fresh-cut fruits, Restaurant Review, WiFi = Free, Healthy option for ice cream | Dutchess Frozenberry Frozen Yogurt - Fishkill

  Frozenberry, serving frozen yogurt, is located at 6 Broad Street, Fishkill, NY 12524 in Dutchess County.

From Frozenberry: "Frozenberry in Fishkill IS OPEN EVERY DAY ALL YEAR ROUND and offers self-serve non-fat or low fat frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream by the cup or cone. Full service milk shakes, smoothies, and more. Located on the corner of South Rd and Main Street, in the Village of Fishkill. We're in the "Little Red House" and part of The Shoppes on 9 - 1166 Main St - plenty of parking. Frozenberry Frozen Yogurt - Fishkill | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12524, Organic, Bread and Bakery, Café, bread, sandwiches, soups, salad, nutritional calculator, food tastes good, healthy alternative to fast food, WiFi = Free | Dutchess Panera Bread - Fishkill

  Panera Bread and Bakery Cafe is located at 11 Merritt Boulevard, Fishkill NY 12524, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

Panera Bread Food Policy: "We are bakers of bread. We are fresh from the oven. We are a symbol of warmth and welcome. We are a simple pleasure, honest and genuine. We are a life story told over dinner. We are a long lunch with an old friend. We are your weekday morning ritual. We are the kindest gesture of neighbors. We are home. We are family. We are friends. Every day, at every location, trained bakers craft and bake each loaf from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads." Panera Bread  - Fishkill | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Hyde Park ListingsDutchess

 Hyde Park Healthy Food Options

12538, Brewing Company, American food, great Beer, Hyde Park NY, Hudson Valley Craft Brewers, Brewing Process, Restaurant Review, Brewery (Craft Beer), Family Restaurant, Happy Hour, Live Music, Local ingredients, The word is, classic brewpub | Dutchess Hyde Park Brewing Company

  Hyde Park Brewing Company, serving Traditional American food and great Beer, is located at 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

About Hyde Park Brewing: “Anytime is a good time for a beer” at the Hyde Park Brewing Company. This has been our motto since we became Hudson Valley Craft Brewers in April 1995. Our brewmaster, John Eccles, incorporates techniques passed down from 19th century German brewing style. Each beer has it’s own unique flavor profile and characteristics. All natural, fresh, clean and delicious - the way beer is meant to be enjoyed. Our selection offers a number of fine beers to compliment the wide variety of dishes we have to offer. We are certain that you will enjoy our varied menu and we are pleased to announce our affiliation with various local Hudson Valley farms, supplying us with all-natural beef, pork, lamb and poultry." Hyde Park Brewing Company | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Milan ListingsDutchess

 Milan Healthy Food Options

12571, finer diner, Milan NY, Dutchess County, humanely raised by local farmers, small local farmers, Restaurant Review, Local, grass-fed and Grass-fed and organic ingredients, Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday Brunch, The word is | Dutchess Another Fork In The Road "Diner"

  Another Fork In The Road, a finer diner, is located at 1215 Route 199, Milan NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Another Fork in The Road: "We support our local agriculture, businesses, artisans and folks. Another Fork diner serves meat that is humanely raised by local farmers, produce comes from small local farmers when we can get it, and serve milk that is local and hormone free. . . . We cure our own meats, make our own sausages and cut our own fries". Another Fork In The Road  "Diner" | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Pine Plains ListingsDutchess

 Pine Plains Healthy Food Options

12567, Restaurant and Tavern, Country French cuisine, America's oldest and longest operated restaurants, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Outdoor dining, excellent food, Restaurant Review | Dutchess Stissing House

  The Stissing House Restaurant and Tavern, serving Country French cuisine, is located at 7801 South Main Street, Pine Plains NY 12567, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Stissing House: "In 1782, at the end of the Revolutionary War, Captain Cornelius Elmendorphh helped establish a new settlement by building his log home, a tavern, in the region of Pine Plains. Only fifteen miles east of General Washington’s fort, this settlement was the connecting link between the Hudson River and Connecticut. The story of the Stissing House, the dreams of its proprietors, and its subsequent ups and downs, mirrors the consequences of the ambitious pioneers. Stissing House | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Poughkeepsie ListingsDutchess

 Poughkeepsie Healthy Food Options

12601, pizza, pub food, Traditional American menu, Poughkeepsie NY,  landmark in Poughkeepsie, Restaurant Review, Gluten Free Menu, Happy Hour, Late hours, Live Music, Sunday Brunch, Trivia night, WiFi = Free, The word is | Dutchess Brown Derby

  The Brown Derby, serving pizza, pub food, and a Traditional American menu, is located at 96 Main Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From The Derby: "The Derby has been a landmark in Poughkeepsie for more than 80 years. In December of 2008, The Derby reopened its doors under the new ownership of Jim Milano, Jon Memmoli and Michael Perez with aspirations of elevating this classic eatery to its fullest potential. We hope that the combination of our modern American cuisine and the classic undertones of the dark woodwork, polished brass, authentic stained glass and original oak and mahogany bar make for a perfect dining experience." Brown Derby | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12601, Restaurant and Bar, American Regional cuisine, Poughkeepsie  NY, organic garden, Organic Chicken, Restaurant Review, Beer and Draft List, Happy Hour, 
Organic and local ingredients, Sunday Brunch, The word is, Must try | Dutchess Crew Restaurant

  Crew Restaurant and Bar, serving American Regional cuisine, is located at 2290 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Crew: "Since reopening its doors in 2009, Crew has established itself as one of the Hudson Valley's leaders in eclectic European-style cuisine. With Asian and modern American influences, Crew's menu utilizes the region's bounty of local and organic products such as goat cheese (Milton, NY), duck, rabbit (New Paltz), and the Hudson Valley Fresh Dairy. The restaurant also harvests its own seasonal organic garden (located on the premises). Menu favorites include Organic Chicken Breast, Wild Salmon, Filet Mignon and Orecchiette Pasta. Crew Restaurant | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12601, Organic options, Bread and Bakery, Café, bread, sandwiches, soups, salad, nutritional calculator, food tastes good, healthy alternative to fast food, WiFi = Free | Dutchess Panera Bread - Poughkeepsie

  Panera Bread and Bakery Cafe is located at 2020 South Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

Panera Bread Food Policy: "We are bakers of bread. We are fresh from the oven. We are a symbol of warmth and welcome. We are a simple pleasure, honest and genuine. We are a life story told over dinner. We are a long lunch with an old friend. We are your weekday morning ritual. We are the kindest gesture of neighbors. We are home. We are family. We are friends. Every day, at every location, trained bakers craft and bake each loaf from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads." Panera Bread - Poughkeepsie | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Red Hook ListingsDutchess

 Red Hook Healthy Food Options

12571, Restaurant, New American food, unique menu, Fabulous food, local farms,   Restaurant Review, Local, grass-fed and organic ingredients, Outdoor Dining, Sunday Brunch, The word is, Fabulous food, Must try
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  Flatiron Restaurant, serving New American food, is located at 7488 South Broadway, Red Hook NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Flatiron: "American style restaurant and bar located in Hudson Valley's Red Hook, New York. Serving American bistro fare and supporting local farms whenever possible. We have a full service bar and seat 65 people as well as outside patio seating, weather permitting. We feel very strongly in supporting local farms. When we can we buy our vegetables from Migliorelli Farms. Our ground beef and lamb are from Meiller's farm. We also support local breweries and small production wines and liquors. Everything is made in house from the breads to the desserts." Flatiron Restaurant | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Rhinebeck ListingsDutchess

 Rhinebeck Healthy Food Options

12572, Rhinebeck, organic bakery, coffeeshop, serving soups and sandwiches, Rhinebeck NY,  Bakery, café’s in the Hudson Valley, Rhinebeck location, cafe menus,  fresh local ingredients, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review | Dutchess Bread Alone Rhinebeck "Bakery and Coffeeshop"

  Bread Alone Rhinebeck, an organic bakery and coffeeshop serving soups and sandwiches, is located at 45 East Market Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Bread Alone: "In 1983, Bread Alone Bakery started with one goal in mind: To bake wholesome and organic bread on the hearth of a wood-fired brick oven. At Bread Alone Bakery and Café & Restaurants, we continue our commitment to this mission, creating each artisan loaf by hand every day from little more than organic whole grains, water and salt. Our organic grains are grown in New York, the Midwest and Canada. Many of our dairy products are from local farms, and much of our fruit is picked seasonally from local orchards and then canned or frozen for year-round use." Bread Alone Rhinebeck  "Bakery and Coffeeshop" | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12572, Italian Ristorante, Italian, Pizza, sandwiches, Rhinebeck, NY, family recipes, Restaurant Review, Bar / Tap Room, Family Restaurant, Fresh homemade dough for all pizzas, Healthy options, Outdoor Dining, The word is, Great pasta and delicious pizza | Dutchess CJ's Italian Ristorante

  CJ's Italian Ristorante, serving Traditional American, Italian, Pizza and sandwiches, is located at 353 Old Post Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 in Dutchess County.

From CJ's: "Our location may have changed over the years, but our pizza recipe has not. We continue to serve the same great tasting pizza that John Stagnaro created and served in Brooklyn back in the old days. Despite our fast-paced world and hectic lives, it is important and routine for CJ's to slow cook all our dinner and sandwich sauces for eight hours or more. Dinners and sandwiches are served with sauces prepared and cooked in our own kitchen with ingredients that are fresh and of the highest of quality. Delicious! And our pizzas, we make them with freshly made dough, our homemade sauces and with delicious toppings of your choice. CJ's Italian Ristorante | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

12572, Trattoria, Mediterranean cuisine, Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley, Outdoor dining on patio, great food, healthy menu items, locally-grown produce, Local ingredients, organic option, Restaurant Review | Dutchess Gigi Trattoria

  Gigi Trattoria, serving Mediterranean cuisine, is located at 6422 Montgomery Street, Suite 1, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley.

From Gigi Trattoria: "Since opening in 2001, our mission has been centered on using the freshest and finest local ingredients. The close relationships we’ve cultivated with our neighboring farmers and food artisans make our dishes uniquely Hudson Valley Mediterranean. While impossible to produce our menus with 100% local ingredients, we are 100% committed to presenting you the true, seasonal flavors of the Hudson Valley. Our philosophy is that simply prepared homegrown foods = delicious and wholesome fare. Gigi Trattoria | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Wappingers Falls ListingsDutchess

 Wappingers Falls Healthy Food Options

12590, Italian food, southern Italy, Wappingers Falls, NY, classic Italian fare, Restaurant Review, Local, grass-fed, and organic options, Outdoor dining, The word is, Beautiful restaurant, excellent Italian food, dine on the patio | Dutchess Aroma Osteria

845- 298-6790 
  Aroma Osteria, serving classic Italian food from the regions of Southern Italy, is located at 114 Old Post Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Aroma Osteria: "The classic Italian fare created by Executive Chef Eduardo Lauria is a reflection of the comfort foods he experienced growing up in a Neapolitan household blended with Southern Italian recipes and modern elegance. The menu will transport you from the Northern mountaintops to the Southern shores of Italy. Our unique partnerships with local farmers guarantee that you will taste the difference! Whether you are enjoying our renowned pasta or our famous tiramisu, every meal will be laced with sophisticated and fresh flavors." Aroma Osteria | Dutchess restaurant review, website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Healthy Food Options

Healthy Food Options | Albany Albany County
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Healthy Food Options | Columbia Columbia County
      [4 listings over 2 locations]
Healthy Food Options | Greene Greene County
      [1 listing over 1 location]
Healthy Food Options | Orange Orange County
      [7 listings over 4 locations]
Healthy Food Options | Putnam Putnam County
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Healthy Food Options | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
      [2 listings over 1 location]
Healthy Food Options | Rockland Rockland County
      [13 listings over 6 locations]
Healthy Food Options | Ulster Ulster County
      [19 listings over 9 locations]
Healthy Food Options | Westchester Westchester County
      [78 listings over 35 locations]

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Hudson River Valley

Restaurants serving Local, Organic, and Natural Ingredients
If you are lucky enough to live in the Hudson Valley, you will find many restaurants offering foods that are prepared with fresh ingredients, grass-fed meats, organic vegetables, and healthy oils. The ingredients often come from the farms down the road. You can't get more local than that!

Restaurants serving Natural Food
Find healthy, natural, restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Many restaurants in the Hudson Valley offer foods prepared with local ingredients supplied by nearby farms. Taste the difference. A meal prepared with natural and local ingredients tastes fresh and delicious. Natural foods taste good and are good for you.

Many restaurants in the Hudson Valley of New York offer food prepared with local ingredients supplied by local farms in Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, and Columbia County. Taste the difference. A meal prepared with natural and local ingredients tastes fresh and delicious. Natural foods taste good and are good for you. Restaurants serving natural and healthy food options include:

Trans-Fats and Hydrogenated Oils
"How do those cookies stay so fresh and moist after sitting on the supermarket shelves for weeks?" Part of the answer is trans-fat, a partially hydrogenated fat that is used, among other things, to make crackers and cookies stay fresh tasting longer. The Federal Food and Drug Administration require that information on trans-fat content be included on all food labels. The reason is that it can raise “bad” cholesterol levels while lowering “good” cholesterol levels.

FDA Labeling Requirements
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now require food manufacturers to list Trans-Fats on Nutrition Facts and some Supplement Facts panels. Scientific evidence shows that consumption of saturated fat, Trans Fat, and dietary cholesterol raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels that increase the risk of coronary heart disease. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, over 12.5 million Americans suffer from coronary heart disease, and more than 500,000 die each year. This makes coronary heart disease one of the leading causes of death in the United States today.

FDA has required that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol be listed on the food label since 1993. By adding Trans Fat on the Nutrition Facts panel (required by January 1, 2006), consumers now know for the first time how much of all three: saturated fat, Trans Fat, and cholesterol, are in the foods they choose. Identifying saturated fat, Trans Fat, and cholesterol on the food label gives consumers information to make heart-healthy food choices that help them reduce their risk of coronary heart disease. This revised label, which includes information on Trans Fat as well as saturated fat and cholesterol, will be of particular interest to people concerned about high blood cholesterol and heart disease. However, all Americans should be aware of the risk posed by consuming too much saturated fat, Trans Fat, and cholesterol.

What is Trans Fat?
Trans Fat is an artery-clogging fat found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils.

Why are Trans-Fats bad for you?
Trans Fat is made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil, a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation increases the shelf life and flavor stability of foods containing these fats.

    Trans-Fats clog our body as bacon grease clogs the kitchen sink.
    The stiffer and harder fats are, the more they clog up your arteries. Over time, they can "clog the pipes" that feed the heart and brain, which can lead to heart attack or stroke risk. Trans-Fats increase your risk of heart disease.

Trans-Fats cause significant and serious lowering of HDL (good) cholesterol and a significant and serious increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol; make the arteries more rigid; cause major clogging of arteries; cause insulin resistance; cause or contribute to type 2 diabetes; and cause or contribute to other serious health problems.

Why are Trans Fatty Acids put into so many food products?
Food manufacturers started putting them in products because they allow for a longer shelf life. Crackers, for example, can stay on the shelf and stay crispy for years in part because of the hydrogenated fats in them.

Are Trans-Fats bad for kids?
Trans-Fats increase the risk for heart disease. Children who start at age 3 or 4 eating a steady diet of fast food, pop tarts, commercially prepared fish sticks, stick margarine, cake, candy, cookies and microwave popcorn can be expected to get heart disease earlier than kids who are eating foods without Trans-Fats. While a person may not get heart disease until they are in their 40s, by starting healthy eating habits early, parents can help their children avoid heart attacks and stroke.

How can I keep my family healthy?
Learn about foods that support your family's health and learn how "junk food" harms your children. Most parents know that chips, soda, and other junk food, are bad for their kids. So why would a parent buy chips and soda for their family? As an alternative to soda, try real juice mixed with carbonated water. Or, for a wonderful summer drink, try lemon in a glass of water with ice. As an alternative to chips, try celery and carrot sticks or natural bread toasted and thinly sliced.

    Junk foods are typically ready-to-eat convenience foods that contain high levels of saturated fats, salt, and/or sugar. Junk food has little or no fruit, vegetables, or dietary fiber. Junk food has little or no health benefits but does have the ability to damage your health. Junk foods include salted snack foods, soda, candy, most sweet desserts, fried fast food, high sugar content foods, and the list goes on.

    If you do not bring junk food into your kitchen, your children will not eat it! Don't buy products that will harm your family's health. Although you cannot control what older kids eat outside, you can create a "healthy" kitchen in your own home as a basis for good "healthful" eating in and out of the home.

Healthy Foods to Eat
The closer a food is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Fresh fruit and berries are and excellent source of nutrition and can satisfy a craving for sweets. Whole vegetables have lots of vitamins and minerals, so eat more green, orange and yellow vegetables. Pasta or baked goods can be made from whole grains. And, be sure to avoid sugary snacks and pastries.

    Healthy Foods
    Vegetables - dark green leafy, cabbage, broccoli, kale . . .
    Fresh Fruit - apples, berries, melon . . .
    Whole and cracked grains
    Pasta made from wheat
    Beans and Legumes
    Healthy Fats
      Extra virgin olive oil
      Nuts (walnuts)
      Seeds (pumpkin)
      Flaxseeds (sprinkle over oatmeal, yogurt, or a healthy cereal)
    Fish, Seafood, Poultry
      Wild Alaskan Salmon canned (great on a sandwich)
      Wild Alaskan Salmon (whole)
      Lean Turkey (organic)
      Lean Chicken (organic)
    Ice pops (Kids love ice pops made from "real" juice.)

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in ocean fish are often deficient in our diets. A general recommendation is that we eat fish two or three times a week. Baked fish and baked chicken is healthier than fried food; and lean meats like grass-fed bison or venison may be healthier than higher fat beef. Try to avoid all processed lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, and sausages known to have a lot of saturated fat and nitrates in them that you don't want in your body.

Basic Food Pyramids
A pyramid is an easy way to show how the pieces of a healthy diet fit together. The base of the pyramid is comprised of foods that should be the foundation — or the bulk — of your healthy diet. In contrast, foods you should eat in smaller amounts or less frequently are shown in the smaller sections of the pyramid.

Although many variations of the food pyramid exist, most emphasize the following advice:

  • Eat more plant foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Reduce intake of animal foods, which are also the natural source for cholesterol.
  • Substitute healthy plant fats in place of saturated and Trans-Fats.
  • Limit sweets and salt.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.

Mayoclinic, Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Article on Trans-Fats and Hydrogenated Oils by Andy Spano, Westchester County Executive, 2008

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