Saturday, March 8, 2014

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right by Putting Down the Bar Code

Veggies that went into the Healthy Lentil and Ham Soup recipe!

It was a pretty busy week leading to this past Friday. I was pretty excited for Friday to come too! Got home from my rotation at the Southwestern Veterans Center, hopped on the trainer for 25 minutes, followed by a 45 minute run, and then walked the dog. I started cooking for a lovely planned get together with my fellow interns. I had this recipe that I had made before, Healthy Lentil and Ham Soup, and thought that would be perfect with some brown rice. Let's just say the food spread is pretty darn delicious when 9 dietetic interns get together. Can I say more cheese please?

I was talking with several of the girls about food apps out there and how people are tracking what their eating by taking a picture of a bar code and categorizing it. It's great that there are resources that can instantly analyze what's in your granola bar or frozen meal while cutting down on time. One thing with that picture would be, should every food you eat have a bar code on it to scan? It gets me thinking about my own diet and how many bar codes I am eating a day. Doesn't sound that appetizing right? Now, picture spring and summer (I know there's still snow in some places but go to your happy place now), with fresh vegetables and fruits starting to come in season. Picking fresh ingredients and popping them right into your mouth gets my mouth watering just thinking of it. Making those kind of recipes you can't just scan into your food diary, but be one step into "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Here's a couple of links that could help you get brainstorming on de-bar coding your plate.
Website Links:
  • MyPlate- USDA guidelines for eating and physical activity. Check out the Supertracker where you can build and save your own recipes, and analysis the nutrition info. I haven't used that feature yet, but would like to start!
  • Fruits & Veggies- More Matters- Recipes and tips for healthy eating. A initiative focused on helping Americans consume more fruits and vegetables for better health.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recipe Collection- A collection of RD approved recipes. A great plus....they have the nutritional facts available!
  • Fooducate- Food ratings to help you make decisions on majority of products sold in grocery stores. This resource can also be downloaded as an app. This could be a helpful tool to help decode the grocery store aisle, but I would still recommend looking at your overall consumption vs. one food item at a time.

Enjoy your dog pic of the day!