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Identify Healthy Food
Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educators — Health and Nutrition
Revised December 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition.
You can identify "healthy foods" in all five food groups — look for options that are lower in added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for a review of the five food groups.
What You Can Do Today
- Read descriptions of healthy choices in the five food groups: Cooking Matters in Your Food Pantry (pp. 7-8)
- Estimate the nutrition contributions of foods with this document: Foods to Encourage
- Input nutrition information from product labels to generate rankings with this program: CHOP™ Rank a Food
Tips for Success
- Review your stock one food group at a time.
- Make a list of new foods (10-15 items) you'd like to stock in the next three months.
How Extension Can Help
Connect with a SNAP-Ed educator to train food shelf volunteers on MyPlate to assist in the identification of healthy foods: SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed).
Find out more about promoting healthy eating at food shelves:
- Source Healthy Food
- Work with Local Growers
- Ensure Safety of Healthy Food
- Store Healthy Foods Properly
- Work with Limited Storage Space
- Drive Selection of Healthy Foods
- Provide Practical Information
- Find Healthy Recipes
- Enlist Volunteers' Help
- Include Healthy Foods in Your Backpack Program
- Do Cooking Demonstrations
- Develop a Healthy Food Policy
- Fund Your Healthy Eating Initiatives
Download the complete document: Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves (PDF).
Ethnic Foods: What to Source — The Food Group — Learn more about culturally-specific foods that are stapes in specific cultural/ethnic households across the Twin Cities metro.