Monday, February 24, 2014

Is it hard to eat healthy?

Do you find it difficult to eat healthy? I know when I'm stressed, tired or in a rush I tend to eat quick and dirty and regret it later. One way to keep my eating quick but eliminate the 'dirty' is to make better choices at the grocery store. I also want to have better options for my boys' school lunches and help them add some new foods to their copies of My Food Notebook.

That's why when the dietitians at Market District offered to give us a free 'Healthy Eating' tour I said yes! And when they asked me to host a giveaway on my blog of a free tour with a Dietitian at one of the Pittsburgh Market District locations and a $50 gift card when they come for the tour - I said YES!!!

This contest is about learning how to handle our healthy eating challenges and to enter the contest so to enter I want to hear your healthy eating challenge. To be entered in the contest, all you need to do is share your healthy eating challenge - not necessarily a solution. But if you have one, that's great to share, too!

Our tour was at the Market District in Pine Township and we met Amanda, the dietitian who conducted our tour.
One of my three little peppers


The tour began in the beautiful, colorful produce aisle. I was really quite proud of my children's ability to recognize and name a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and talk about which ones they have tried, liked, and not liked. We do try to eat a rainbow of foods but one of my favorite foods is white: mushrooms. But Amanda told me they are very high in allicin and help fight colds the way garlic and onions do. Sweet!

I'm trying very hard not to eat foods with added sugar lately, a challenge for my sweet tooth.  But reducing added sugar could really help my energy and focus. Amanda and I talked about protein from eggs, cheeses and meat. One new thing I'm going to try is ordering my meat from the butcher counter because they will slice the meat in appropriate portion sizes. I didn't know that!


Loved the fresh peanut butter

I asked about healthy lunch options for the kids. My middle son's biggest delight of the whole tour was the fresh ground peanut butter. He claimed he didn't like it but he kept going back for more mini-samples. We came home with a delicious tub of fresh peanut butter and a tub of fresh peanut butter with chocolate chips. I think it tasted better than Nutella. I was also looking for an alternative to the Danimals Smoothies my kids love. They are so high in sugar. Amanda encouraged me to prepare homemade smoothie ingredients at home before hand, but finding time and remembering to do that kind of planning and preparation is one of my biggest healthy eating challenges.
We stopped by the seeds area where I picked up my first batch of chia seeds. Amanda described how they are high in anti-oxidants and can help me stay hydrated. Now my four-year-old and I both add chia seeds to our water. Mmmm.




There are so many challenges and temptations that make eating healthy tough. But dietitians like Amanda offer such incredible advice and answered a lot of our questions. She even handled my boys' asking if marshmallows and Jell-O were healthy foods with gentle honesty. Amanda reminded them those foods aren't as good as real fruits and vegetables, but that a few marshmallows in a cup of hot chocolate after playing in the snow isn't a big deal. I reminded them that marshmallows do not constitute breakfast food.

So what are your healthy eating challenges? Share them with me here as a comment from Monday, Feb 24, 2014 through midnight Monday, March 3, 2014 and you earn THREE (3) entries! Check out the Rafflecopter options below to earn more entries. After the contest ends on March 3,  I will announce the winner for the $50 Giant Eagle gift card and free dietitian tour. Good luck in the contest and with your healthy eating.

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