Join the Greening of T&V!

Brian Decker

   The New Year is always an important time for reflection and a great opportunity for active change in our lives. And, your health should always be top of mind. A healthier and greener lifestyle, especially in regards to eating, is one of the most tangible areas for positive change for you and your family.

   As part of our overall Green initiative, T&V is here to help to spark dialogue and inspire action to help get you started on the path to healthy eating that includes not just education, but recipes and recommendations.  Future articles will address a wide variety of green topics including food justice, sustainability, mindful eating, eco-kosher, recycling, food justice/fair trade and certifications.

   Healthy eating includes a ‘colorful palate’ of foods, choosing a variety of fresh vegetables of all colors, fruits, grains with a focus on whole grains, nuts, lower fat dairy or dairy alternatives and a variety of protein sources.  The 2015-2020 US Dietary Guidelines emphasize increasing their consumption and reducing your intake of animal products, processed foods, saturated fat, added sugars and sodium.

 

In addition to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the following principles are also recommended components of:

These healthy eating principles along with other components of a healthy lifestyle including physical activity are important for health promotion and risk reduction for most chronic diseases including: Type 2 diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, Stroke, some Cancers, and Obesity.

 

Other Healthful Food Considerations:

Health and wellness begin with both quality and the portion sizes we put on our plate.

Eating more plant-based foods is important, but also limiting foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy foods, dairy fats, tropical oils, sodium, and sugars (including high fructose corn syrup).

 

Buy fresh, buy local

Seasonal foods are tastier, fresher and more nutritious.  Seasonal fruits and vegetables produced on local farms are fresher and often grown within 100 miles of New York City.

Purchasing locally grown foods at neighborhood Greenmarkets helps support local farms while supporting the local economy. According to Hazon, a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table. Farmers’ markets not only reduce the travel distance to your kitchen, but also enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar consumers spend.  These Greenmarkets also provide fresh and local produce to some of the great restaurants across New York City.

 

So, take advantage of a wide and colorful variety of seasonal and local fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at one of the 50 Greenmarkets in NYC including Union Square as well as other produce, specialty food stores and supermarkets.  To find in-season local NYC Greenmarkets, click here.

And to learn what fruits and vegetables are locally in season, check out the Sustainable Table’s Seasonal Food Guide (New York State Department of Agriculture) 

 

Bottom Line

Adopting a more healthful and colorful plant-centric approach to your eating in the New Year can be one of the most powerful and impactful choices you can make for you and your family’s health.

L’Shanna Tovah!