Eat healthy, eat affordably — here's how - The Packer

Eat healthy, eat affordably — here's how

05/27/2014 05:31:00 PM
Tom Karst

“Healthy Eating on a Budget” is the newest online tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate.gov.

USDAIntroduced May 27, the website is designed to help cost-conscious consumers make healthier food choices, according to a news release from the USDA.

Information available on the website includes topics called “Create a Grocery Game Plan,” “Shop Smart to Fill Your Cart,” “Prepare Healthy Meals,” “Sample 2-week Menus” and “Resources for Professionals.”

“Although healthy foods aren’t always more expensive, many low-income people face time and resource challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the release. “Promoting nutritious food choices can have a positive impact on improving the health and diet quality of Americans. USDA offers a broad spectrum of strategies to empower low-income families to purchase healthier foods.”

The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion developed the new resource to include easy-to-use and insightful information about planning meals, shopping smart in the grocery store, and preparing foods that save money and time in the kitchen, according to the release.

Consumers who visit the Healthy Eating on a Budget section of ChooseMyPlate.gov will learn ways to plan, purchase, and prepare healthy meals, according to the release.

A new cookbook features 25 recipes from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) resource page, according to the release. The recipes are included in sample two-week menus based on a 2,000 calorie diet to help individuals and families plan meals, and the release said additional grocery and pantry lists are provided to help households organize their food purchases.

“This resource not only demonstrates that it is possible to eat healthfully on a budget, but it shows how,” Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Deputy Director Jackie Haven said in the release. “These new pages complement our existing resources on ChooseMyPlate.gov, allowing consumers to figure out how to improve their nutrition, and how to make it affordable.”



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