The holidays are over! With all the excitement of family, friends, food and fun, it was very easy to forget and maintain healthy habits. Even though ‘tis the season to be tempted with high-calorie foods (and the enormous portions!), desserts galore, and many other goodies, the holidays can contribute to weight gain and guilt.
Feeding Texas has AmeriCorps VISTA members working all over the state as a part of the Client Empowerment Corps. Their main role is to address the root causes of hunger in the communities where they live and work, and create partnerships and programs to alleviate the effects of food insecurity on the clients of the food banks where they serve.
Many people these days are avoiding dairy at all costs. The only reason you should stay away from dairy is if your body can’t absorb the ingredients in milk properly. Browse the refrigerated sections of your local grocery stores and you are most likely to find dairy foods competing with dairy-substituted foods. Now is a good time to become a little more familiar with the benefits and importance of dairy.
A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy—make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products to your plate.