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 All Boiceville ListingsUlster

 Boiceville Healthy Food Options

12412, organic, bakery, coffeeshop, serving soups and sandwiches, organic whole grain breads, café’s in the Hudson Valley, cafe, menus, delicious, 	Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, sandwiches, Boiceville NY, Restaurant Review | Ulster Bread Alone Boiceville "Bakery and Coffeeshop"

845-657-6057 
  Bread Alone Boiceville, an organic bakery and coffee shop serving soups and sandwiches, is located at Route 28, Boiceville NY 12412, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Bread Alone: "Our main bakery sits along a busy country road on the outskirts of a town that no longer exists. The pristine woods across the road from us are dense and clear, separating our Route 28 bakery from the Ashokan Reservoir - a body of fresh, clean water that eventually makes its way to the taps of New York City’s finest fountains and faucets. Boiceville is small rustic place with good air, kind people and our cafe has become a perfect stopping point for skiers heading to Belleayre and Hunter Mountain, or anyone else enjoying the lush and comforting Catskill Mountains. Arriving at our main bakery is always a treat with the smells of fresh baked bread wafting around the building. Bread Alone Boiceville   "Bakery and Coffeeshop" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Ellenville ListingsUlster

 Ellenville Healthy Food Options

12428, Bistro, New American cuisine, healthy gourmet dining, Ellenville NY, Ulster County, Hudson Valley, holistic and gourmet cuisine, food nutritious, vegans and vegetarians, menu | Ulster Aroma Thyme Bistro

845-647-3000 
  Aroma Thyme Bistro, serving New American cuisine, craft beer, and healthy gourmet dining, is located at 165 Canal Street, Ellenville NY 12428, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Aroma Thyme Bistro: "Guiliano has mastered the ability to turn natural, whole food into something beautiful and flavorful. Aroma Thyme Bistro offers an innovative menu of focused, natural cuisine that will reflect balance and well-being. Guiliano's consistent objective is to create meals that achieve impact through focusing on pure ingredients and limiting manipulation. To achieve this objective, Aroma Thyme Bistro will shun the use of butter and heavy dairy products, white flour products and refined sugar that mask food's natural flavors. Guiliano credits his culinary style to major health changes he experienced from the impact of diet including the use of Essential Oils." Aroma Thyme Bistro | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Gardiner ListingsUlster

 Gardiner Healthy Food Options

12525, gourmet café, contemporary American cuisine, freshest local fare, freshest local ingredients, dining, Restaurant Review, Family Restaurant, Serving breakfast and lunch, Sunday Brunch, The word is, organic farms, grass-fed | Ulster Cafe Mio, Local Fare

845-255-4949 
  Cafe Mio, a gourmet café serving Farm-To-Table local bounty from the Hudson Valley, is located at 2356 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY 12525 in Ulster County.

From Café Mio: "We are proud to be offering the freshest local fare of the Hudson Valley, something that is at the core of our food philosophy. Cafe Mio is also pleased to announce that we are now serving beer and wine.Michael (Chef) has a passion for incorporating the freshest local ingredients from purveyors who share his passion for great simple food. He and Amanda strive to provide an experience that allows the culinary wealth of the Hudson valley to shine in every dish. They believe in creating a unique dining experience while treating every customer like a member of their family." Cafe Mio, Local Fare | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Kingston ListingsUlster

 Kingston Healthy Food Options

12401, Mexican Grill, Kingston, NY, Platinum LEED certified restaurant, sustainably raised food, pasture-raised cows, outdoor pastures, , pasture-raised poultry and pork, sustainably raised food with, great taste | Ulster Chipotle Mexican Grill - Kingston

845-336-5036 
  Chipotle Mexican Grill is located at 1217 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY, Ulster County.

From Chipotle: What is food with integrity ?

Food With Integrity is a journey that started more than a decade ago and one that will never end. Through our ongoing commitment to finding better, more sustainable sources for all of the ingredients we serve, Chipotle is changing the way people think about and eat fast food. We call this effort "Food with Integrity" and it has us working with suppliers who share our commitment to raising food in ways that demonstrate respect for people, the environment and farm animals. We have always maintained a belief in being transparent about our supply chain practices. Chipotle Mexican Grill - Kingston | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12401, Restaurant & Pizzeria, pizza, Italian dishes, Kingston, NY, Ulster County, Restaurant Review, Light & Gluten Free options, Outdoor dining on sidewalk, The word is, Italian pizzeria, Family Restaurant, The word is, Amazing value restaurant | Ulster Enzo's Ristorante & Pizzeria

845-383-3696 
  Enzo's Restaurant & Pizzeria, serving pizza and Italian dishes, is located at 207 Boices Lane, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Enzo's: "Locally owned family restaurant with great food and awesome prices. Enzo's provides a family style atmosphere, friendly service, and a diverse menu, all at prices welcome to any pocketbook. Contrary to the trend of today's franchises and fast food, no service restaurants, we at Enzo's maintain our commitment to provide the very best. We invite you to join us for a meal you will not soon forget and the service your deserve as our customer." Enzo's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12401, Organic, Bread and Bakery, Café, bread, sandwiches, soups, salad, nutritional calculator, food tastes good, healthy alternative to fast food, WiFi = Free | Ulster Panera Bread - Kingston

845-336-5371 
  Panera Bread and Bakery Cafe is located at 1151 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY 12401, Ulster 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 - Kingston | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All New Paltz ListingsUlster

 New Paltz Healthy Food Options

12561, Café, seasonal New American menu, Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY, Restaurant Review, Family Restaurant, Cooking Classes, Local, grass-fed and organic ingredients, Outdoor dining on deck, Vegetarian options | Ulster Bridge Creek Café

845-255-4205 
  Bridge Creek Café, serving a seasonal New American menu, is located upstairs at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, 10 Main Street, Suite 327 New Paltz, NY 12561 in Ulster County.

From Bridge Creek: "Our Menu Ideas are some ideas you can use to create your own menu. Keep in mind these are just ideas - we make everything from scratch so the listed items can be altered to suit your requirements. And we have talented and versatile chefs who can prepare pretty much any dish you would like." Bridge Creek Café | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12561, vegetarian, deli, bakery, smoothie bar, New Paltz NY,  Ulster County, Hudson Valley, good, clean food, Organic, vegetarian, gluten free, Best Smoothie in the Hudson Valley, Restaurant Review | Ulster Karma Road "Vegetarian"

845-255-1099 
  Karma Road, Organic Café, offering vegetarian deli, bakery, juice & smoothie bar, is located at 11 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Karma Road: "Within the walls of 11 Main Street in the heart of the Village of New Paltz, Karma Road is a springboard of self improvement & a haven for provisions that nourish the soul as well as the body. We look forward to sharing the vision that we've developed with over 25 years of collective experience in healthy kitchens on Long Island & in Manhattan. Please put us in your plans & leave room for the worlds finest soups, salads, curries, stews, smoothies, juices and delectable desserts. We use organic ingredients, and work with several local farms, including as many in-season foods as possible. We welcome you to enjoy Karma Road as an empowering gathering place & a springboard for self-improvement. Looking forward to serving you." Karma Road  "Vegetarian" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12561, Farm To Table foods, Healthy and organic options, The word is, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review | Ulster Main Course, "Farm-To-Table"

845-255-2650 
  Main Course, serving, Farm-To-Table cuisine, is located at 175 Main Street, New Paltz NY 12561, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Main Course: "Main Course, a leader in the sustainable food movement, uses small Hudson Valley purveyors to provide the freshest local organic produce, free range poultry, line caught fish and hormone free meats. With the bounty of the Hudson Valley as his inspiration, Chef Kazan creates unique, contemporary menus, reflecting the innovation and creativity that has become our hallmark." Main Course, "Farm-To-Table" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12561, breakfast and lunch, Ulster County, Hudson Valley, eclectic American and Vegetarian cuisine, beer and wine list, in-house bakery, Terrific breakfasts, Restaurant Review | Ulster Main Street Bistro "Breakfast & Lunch"

845-255-7766 
  Main Street Bistro, serving breakfast and lunch, is located in the heart of downtown New Paltz, at 59 Main Street, 12561, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley. From the owner: "Main Street Bistro serves breakfast and lunch in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. We specialize in eclectic American and Vegetarian cuisine, but our varied menu features a wide range of dishes for every taste." Main Street Bistro   "Breakfast & Lunch" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12561, Resort, New Paltz NY, dining, activities, attractions, tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, fishing, Spa, horseback riding, hiking, walking, running trails, platform tennis, putting green, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating | Ulster Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant

845-255-1000 
  Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Dutchess County.

From Mohonk Mountain House: "Family-owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House is an award-winning resort near the Catskill Mountains. Perfect for idyllic family vacations, romantic escapes, and instant getaways, our Victorian castle resort invites guests to be as active or relaxed as they want to be. Mohonk Mountain House is a spectacular Victorian Castle resort overlooking Lake Mohonk, in the heart of a scenic natural area comprised of more than 40,000 acres. Since 1869, guests have found a place for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in our unique mountaintop setting. The sight of this enchanting castle, sweeping lawns, award-winning gardens never fails to delight. Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant | Ulster  website and more . . .

12561, Restaurant, Bake Shop, American cuisine, breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea, tapas, historic village of New Paltz, romantic dinner for two, healthy ingredients, local farms, gluten free, Vegetarians, Vegans, Restaurant Review | Ulster Village TeaRoom "Restaurant & Bake Shop"

845-255-3434 
  The Village TeaRoom, Restaurant & Bake Shop, serving Traditional American cuisine, is located at 10 Plattekill Ave., New Paltz NY 12561, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley. The Village TeaRoom is a unique gathering place, serving breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea, tapas & dinner in the heart of the historic village of New Paltz. Village TeaRoom  "Restaurant & Bake Shop" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Phoenicia ListingsUlster

 Phoenicia Healthy Food Options

12464, Diner, breakfast all day, Phoenicia, NY, Restaurant Review, Large selection of breakfast items, Grass-fed burgers, Healthy options, Organic and Grass-fed options, Serving breakfast and lunch, The word is, fresh ingredients | Ulster Phoenicia Diner "Breakfast and Lunch"

845-688-9957 
  Phoenicia Diner, serving breakfast all day is located at 5681 Route 28 Phoenicia, NY 12464 in Ulster County.

From Phoenicia Diner: "Built in 1962 and moved to the Catskills in the early 80s, the Phoenicia Diner has a long history of serving customers who are drawn to the Catskill’s natural beauty. The prior owners nurtured the Diner and its customers for nearly 30 years. Current owner, Mike Cioffi, continues that tradition by offering residents, weekenders and visitors fresh food sourced from Catskills and Hudson Valley farms when available. Our menu is carefully crafted to offer traditional diner favorites, sometimes with a modern twist, using seasonal and local fresh ingredients." Phoenicia Diner  "Breakfast and Lunch" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Saugerties ListingsUlster

 Saugerties Healthy Food Options

12477, Farm-To-Table cuisine, Saugerties NY 12477, Restaurant Review, Guest rooms, The word is, Family Restaurant, Fresh baked bread, kds Menu, Local, grass-fed and organic ingredients, Weekend Brunch, Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, great coffee | Ulster Miss Lucy's Kitchen

845-246-9240 
  Miss Lucy's Kitchen, serving Farm-To-Table cuisine, is located at 90 Partition Street, Saugerties NY 12477, Ulster County in the Hudson River Valley. "All of our dairy, eggs, poultry and meats are local, all natural and hormone & antibiotic free".

From Miss Lucy's: "Welcome to Miss Lucy's Kitchen. We believe that in order to prepare great food it is essential to begin with great ingredients. We are committed to serving fresh, house made food using the finest produce from our local farmers. We have a seasonal market menu that changes daily. All of our eggs, dairy and poultry are local. We serve local, all natural and antibiotic free meats whenever possible. We serve sustainable seafood caught in an ecologically sound manner. Our pork products are smoked in house using local hardwoods. Fresh herbs, flowers and many vegetables are from our own garden. We make our own bread in house and bake it fresh daily. We do this because there is nothing better! All of our desserts, ice creams and sorbets are made from scratch. We are lucky to be here in the Hudson Valley and are inspired by the bounty that each season has to offer. Miss Lucy's Kitchen | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All West Park ListingsUlster

 West Park Healthy Food Options

12493, Restaurant, Eclectic cuisine, local and seasonal ingredients, organically on farms, Fireplace, fresh, local, and healthy food, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review | Ulster Global Palate

845-384-6590 
  Global Palate Restaurant, serving Farm-To-Table Eclectic cuisine, is located at 1746 Route 9W, West Park NY 12493, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Global Palate: "The Global Palate Restaurant is dedicated to using local and seasonal ingredients. Most of are vegetables are gardened locally from either our own garden, RSK or Maynard Farms. Our eggs are from our farm, which is located less than 5 miles from the restaurant. All our fish is wild and we keep a close eye on the Seafood Watch to make sure we are not using any overfished seafood. All our meats all-natural & local most are from Claude Osterhoudht in Stone ridge and our chicken and some pork is from Northwind Farm in Tivoli. Duck and Rabbits are from John Fazio Farms in Gardiner. So if you want to go green - go Global." Global Palate | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .
 All Woodstock ListingsUlster

 Woodstock Healthy Food Options

12498, New American cuisine, Outdoor Dining, fireside dining, Restaurant Review, Full Bar, Organic, Several organic menu items, Outdoor dining on a beautiful patio, Sunday Brunch, The word is, Accolades galore, delicious food | Ulster Bear Cafe

845-679-5555 
  Bear Cafe, serving New American cuisine, is located at 295 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Bear Café: "The Bear Café was created in 1971 by Albert Grossman, music industry visionary and personal manger to artists including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band and Peter, Paul & Mary, Todd Rundgren and others.In May of 1988, Peter Cantine and Chef Eric Mann, formerly a busboy and a dishwasher at The Bear Café of old, reopened The Bear Café and have run it since - on the rare occasion it hasn't run them. In August of 2004, Peter and Eric welcomed a third partner to The Bear Cafe, friend Andy Cooper, at which time they also purchased the complex on which The Bear Café sits, from long time landlady Sally Grossman. Cooper, Cantine & Mann also operate the legendary Bearsville Theater, on the rear of the property." Bear Cafe | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12498, organic, bakery, coffeeshop, serving soups and sandwiches, organic whole grain breads, café’s in the Hudson Valley, cafe, menus, organic, delicious sandwiches, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review | Ulster Bread Alone Woodstock "Bakery and Coffeeshop"

845-679-2108 
  Bread Alone Woodstock, an organic bakery and coffeeshop serving soups and sandwiches, is located at 22 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498 in Ulster County.

From Bread Alone: "Nestled below Overlook Mountain with its tangle of hiking trails and look-out points, the town proper is known as much for the 1969 Festival that bears its name as it is for the arts colony that first birthed the tiny shops and galleries at the beginning of the last century. Our café serves as a crossroads of many kinds, and in some ways personifies Woodstock and its present laid back eclectic culture. With our organic, whole-grain bread speaking to the "back to the land" folks in the 70s, we might still be crunchy to some with our fiber-rich loaves, but with the continued perfection of our exceptional espresso, paninis and french macarons we are happy to be part of the evolution of Woodstock's palate. Bread Alone Woodstock  "Bakery and Coffeeshop" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12498, Cafe, Organic, Vegetarian, food, local, no preservatives, chemicals, Local and organic ingredients, vegetarian restaurant, Local, Natural and Organic Ingredients, Restaurant Review, The word is, cozy vegetarian restaurant | Ulster Garden Cafe On the Green "Organic Vegetarian"

845-679-3600 
  Garden Cafe On the Green, serving Organic Vegetarian food, is located at 6 Old Forge Road, Woodstock NY 12498, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

From Garden Café: Why Organic?
Quality and passion are the guiding principals of the food at the Garden Cafe on the Green. All of our ingredients are as pure, organic and natural as possible. The menu is created from the simplest ingredients . . . whole grains, beans, soy foods, fruits and vegetables, to which we add inspiration and creativity. Our wish is to bring food to the table that will support our personal, community, and global health, as well as our local farmers and producers. To that end, we use no animal products, preservatives, chemicals, trans-fats, or genetically engineered food. All of our food is carefully and conscientiously made from scratch to provide delicious, nourishing, and balanced meals served in a warm and friendly way." Garden Cafe On the Green  "Organic Vegetarian" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12498, health food, Middle Eastern specialties, Woodstock NY, Ulster County, Hudson Valley, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinners, cafe, serving coffee and drinks with live entertainment, Very fresh produce | Ulster Joshua's Cafe

845-679-5533 
  Joshua's Cafe, serving health food and Middle Eastern specialties, is located at 51 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498 in Ulster County.

From Joshua's Cafe: "Celebrating its 43rd year in Woodstock, Joshua's Café and Restaurant is owned by Chef Stefanie Schachter. She took over in 1992 as Joshua Café's second generation chef. Joshua's Cafe | Ulster 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
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Healthy Food Options | Dutchess Dutchess County
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Healthy Food Options | Greene Greene County
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Healthy Food Options | Orange Orange County
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Healthy Food Options | Putnam Putnam County
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Healthy Food Options | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
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Healthy Food Options | Rockland Rockland County
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Healthy Food Options | Westchester Westchester County
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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
      Sardines
      Wild Alaskan Salmon canned (great on a sandwich)
      Wild Alaskan Salmon (whole)
      Lean Turkey (organic)
      Lean Chicken (organic)
    Yogurt
    Eggs
    Ice pops (Kids love ice pops made from "real" juice.)
    Water

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.

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



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