So you think you're a healthy eater?
March is National Nutrition Month.
So you think you're a healthy eater? Making good choices for your family?
Would you be brave enough to let a registered dietitian check your fridge and pantry?
Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health and safety matters.
We believe it's our responsibility and privilege.
In this Sinclair Cares report, Liz Quirantes found it's easy to cut corners and think you're still being healthy.
Emily Schwab is a single mother of two.
"We should add more pepper don't you think?"
Emily believes she's doing a pretty decent job providing healthy meals and snacks for her young children Gracie and Ronnie.
"On Sundays, I try to do things in advance pre-plan meals and when I grocery shop, I know I have three meals I can make for my kids and then a night of leftovers and then I slide that frozen pizza in there because they do enjoy it."
We asked registered dietitian Julianne Koritz to check Emily's fridge, freezer and pantry to see how she's doing.
"A lot of people think egg whites are better than whole eggs."
Not bad, but Julianne says to eat the yolks. They're good for your brain and hair.
Always read the list of ingredients. If it's more than tree, it's probably not good for you.
High fructose corn syrup, corn starch, dextrose, MSG are all bad stuff.
And according to Julianne, the worst for kids? Food dyes.
"Those have been proven for decades to be damaging to the brain and causing hyperactivity in children and changing the way the brain chemistry works."
In 2011, the FDA acknowledged the growing body of evidence linking artificial food colors with adverse behavior in children.
And even though it may be convenient, pre-packaged, processed food is almost never good.
"Some of the processed food say they're good for you and most processed foods are not."
So, our registered dietitian suggests you make your own mini pizzas using shredded cheese and tomato sauce on an English muffin.
And, make your own salad dressing with oil and vinegar.
"I think what's going to happen is that I'm going to start to pre-plan it in advance more. And cook a little more fresh than using the standard frozen stuff that's go and grab."
She's already off to a great start.