Figuring out what to have for dinner everyday can be a challenge, especially if you have picky eaters. Not only do you have to worry about cooking something delicious, but when you have children, you have to make sure they’re getting the nutrition they need to continue to grow healthy. The fact is, that 85% of Americans do not consume the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily intakes of minerals and vitamins that are needed for the proper physical and mental development.
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We are always talking about malnutrition in developing countries, but back home there is a big problem that we need to address. The FDA, the Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have recommended dietary guidelines, which everyone should follow and these include:
- A variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy and other vegetables
- Fruits, especially whole fruits
- Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, and nuts and seeds
- Oils, including those from plants: canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower. Oils also are naturally present in nuts, seeds, seafood, olives, and avocados
- Less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. ChooseMyPlate.gov provides more information about added sugars, which are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those consumed as part of milk and fruits