Food for Thought: Making good food choices

August 5, 2022

Summer break is over and the hassle of back to school is on! With such a busy life it may be more difficult to make good food choices for you and family. According to UT Extension, there are four areas to consider in making good food choices.

Before you eat, think about how to build a healthy plate. The best choices are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products, and lean protein foods. Try the following recommendations from UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences:

1. Make one half of your plate contain fruits or vegetables. Dark colored fruits and vegetables like red, orange, and dark greens provide more nutrients. Consider unsalted nuts or fruits for a healthy snack.

2. Use skim milk or one percent for less fat and calories. They contain equal amounts of calcium and nutrients as whole milk.

3. Make one half of grains whole grains. Check the ingredients on the package to find whole grain breads, crackers, pasta, etc.

4. Vary protein choice by making seafood your choice twice a week. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. Use beans often, as they are a natural source of fiber and protein.

Add physical exercise to your daily health habit. Choose the exercise of your choice and gradually extend your time. Children learn from seeing adults practice good habits. Food choices and physical activity go hand and hand in making an individual a healthier person.

Stuffed Mushrooms

16 large mushrooms

3 tablespoons olive oil

6 oz sausage

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 clove garlic or 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Parsley flakes

Seasoned breadcrumbs, for topping

1/2 cup water

Remove stems from mushrooms. Chop stems and sauté in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic, parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Mix well and cook until sausage is done. Stuff mushrooms with sausage mixture and place in shallow baking dish. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/2 cup water

to baking dish. Additional cheese and seasoned breadcrumbs may be sprinkled over mushrooms. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Submitted by Night Owls FCE Club.