Facts Up Front – The Balancing Act
It’s a familiar scene, rushing through the ailes of a grocery store, sometimes with kid
in tow, while trying to read labels. It can become pretty difficult. Well, we just did
a little grocery shopping of our own following MyPlate, of course, and it doesn’t take as
long as it used to thanks to some smart labeling that helps us to quickly read key nutrition
facts. I love this. Today, we’re in the kitchen with Registered Dietician, Kimberly Kirchherr,
to help us explain the labels. Good morning. Good morning.
Thanks for being here. Oh, thanks for having me.
You know, I don’t know how you are in the supermarket, but I’m going to give you my
scenario with my girls. We’re like — there’s no time, never time — we’re rushing through
with the shopping cart. Sam is throwing something, Dani’s throwing. I’m just putting it in there,
and at the end of the day I’m also trying to think, okay, is all of this healthy and
balanced? And that’s really important. But what you said makes it sounds so fun,
and that’s the great thing about this is it’s important but it can be fun.
True, people think we’re crazy. They’re like, “There they go…”
But, what’s great about Facts Up Front is that it’s a voluntary system that’s on the
front of packages. It’s not a new system. It’s taking nutrition facts from the panel
that you’re already reading, and putting it right up front so you can make those key decisions
and then grab those products off the shelf. But who has time, Kimberly, to read all the
labels? I mean, the girls are grabbing something, and I’m like, “Wait wait. Let’s see what this
has.” It’s hard. It is but there’s always time for health,
and that’s what’s fabulous. You mentioned MyPlate. There’s multiple food groups. That’s
fantastic. And then there’s key bits of information. So, calories, let’s say you’re watching sodium
or saturated fat or sugars. Those are on the front with Facts Up Front.
Let’s go over some. Yeah, for sure. So this one’s got the calories
on front, so you can see, at a glance, you can see that. So, imagine you’re hanging onto
that cart. You’ve got your kid in tow. You can easily see that, make a snap decision,
and then say, “Wow. That’s looks really interesting.” And then pull it off and look at the rest
of the information. Now this one has calories. Does it give you
more information? It does. So, on the oatmeal — and that’s
the beauty of it, no matter where you shop or what brand you like, this is a voluntary
system that could be part of your shopping experience — you look at this and you can
see, there’s your calories, your saturated fat, your sodium, and your sugars. And some
labels you might see potassium or some key positive nutrients to focus on, too.
A lot of people might say, “Okay, so who cares?” But it is important?
It is important. So, you might be managing health conditions. You might want to make
sure that your kids are getting the nutrient-rich foods that they need. Perhaps there’s health
conditions in the family. So, there’s always time to take that extra second to make sure
when you’re grocery shopping you get what you need in the house. And then those ingredients
need to turn into those meals. And what I like is that the kids can help
you. It becomes like a team work. Absolutely. So, you give them a couple of
things to look for. You send them on your way in the same aisle so you can keep an eye
on them. But having them help, they’re more likely to try things perhaps. They’re going
to be excited to help you just like you described earlier.
Speaking of help, I’m getting a lot of help in the kitchen. My kids love to cook, and
you actually did a nice spread for us this morning.
Yes. So, we wanted to show a couple of recipes. These are actually on the Facts Up Front website
because once you get all those wonderful things that you’ve made good decisions about in the
store, how do they look on your plate? So, what I love about these are there’s multiple
food groups, you can make them ahead on weekends, they can double as leftovers for a busy night’s
meal. Very important.
Super important. And then you can also use these for lunches if you pack them right,
too. So we have a casserole?
We have a casserole. You can see multiple food groups right in one dish. Super easy
to make, and the nice thing about these recipes, too is you’re going through the whole store.
There’s fresh, there’s canned, there’s frozen, there’s dried. These are a nice combination,
and if you’ve got the right things at home, no matter how your time looks that week, you’ve
got those right ingredients to make great recipes like this.
Muffins are great. They’re a hit at my house. Absolutely. You can make them ahead. You can
throw them in the freezer. Grab one and go. So, really nice grab and go. And I also like
to recommend that by season change our your fruits and vegetables. Casseroles will take
on a different flavor. It’s a nice nod to the season. If it’s cold outside, a soup is
great. If it’s hot outside, a salad’s great. So, if you use those simple things, all of
a sudden it’s not so much work. I’m going to try the casserole. I know you
gave me a little bit. In fact, you gave me a lot here. Something I also have learned
that I do think when the children are involved with you at the supermarket and in the kitchen,
they tend to eat more of everything. Absolutely, and give them a task. Have them
look at the sale ads before you even go to the store, and then give them those little
facts up front to look at, too. This is really good.
I’m so glad you like it, and again, look at all the beautiful food groups in there. It’s
a great color. So, when you can start to manage those things from the store all the way through
your eating process, all of a sudden meal time becomes a fun time, too.
And it should be always fun. I love eating. One of my favorite things.
Me, too. Top three. Alright, and for information on
this, where do our viewers go? FactsUpFront.org.
And you gave me the facts. Thank you, Kimberly. And, of course, if you’d like more information
on food prep, shopping tips, and of course easy-to-read labels visit FactsUpFront.org
or visit our website TheBalancingAct.com. See you next time. This is really yummy!