What does Healthy Eating mean?
It means eating the types of food that give your body the nutrients it needs to maintain good health, increased energy, and just feel good. While reports confuse us as to what types and amounts of food we should eat, one thing is very clear - eating lots of vegetables and fruits are good for you. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables, plus making other smart choices, families can create healthier eating habits.
The use of Libby's products plays a key role in the journey towards healthier eating. Our goal is to help consumers make healthy food choices which means helping them get the USDA daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. That's why Libby's strives to produce products - whether frozen or canned - that are a great source of Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Sodium, and Vitamins A and C.
Visit our Recipe page where we help add a variety of fruits and vegetables and associated nutrients to meals, and to suggest healthier alternative ingredients as well.
Our Products vs. Fresh
Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables provide needed nutrients to make up a healthy diet.
Numerous studies have been conducted comparing the benefits of fresh, frozen, and canned foods. According to experts, all forms (canned, fresh, frozen and dried) of fruits and vegetables provide needed nutrients that make up a healthy diet.
Moreover, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables compare favorably with, and in some cases, exceed their fresh counterparts in nutrient contribution. That's because the canning/freezing process locks in nutrients at their peak of freshness and, unlike fresh, loses very little of that value over time.
Libby's products are a great alternative for families that have little time to prepare healthy meals, are on a budget, or just want more variety in their fruit and vegetable selection.
- Convenience - Libby's products are recipe ready, there is no peeling, washing, or slicing necessary. They can be used straight from the can or bag, warmed up as a side dish, or as an ingredient to enhance the flavor of any recipe.
- Available - Our products can be purchased any time of year at any food retailer.
- Cost Effective - Generally, canned and frozen foods are less expensive per serving than fresh. Libby's is committed to meeting cost expecations of our customers across America and around the world.
- Variety - Choices abound. With hundreds of different products and sizes, we offers among the industry's most complete lines of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables.
What's On Your Plate?
Let Libby's help you take a journey to healthier eating. Dietary guidelines published by the USDA recommend we eat more plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts - foods that provide fiber, antioxidants, and healthier fats. These nutrients are linked to lower risks for heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and even obesity. How do we do this? According to these guidelines, you need to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, a quarter with whole grains, and a quarter with lean protein. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables, plus making smart choices when it comes to animal products such as lean cuts of beef or chicken, eating more seafood and low-fat dairy foods, families can create healthier eating habits.
Some great ideas:
- Add a burst of color to tossed salads by adding beets, beans, or peaches
- Top waffles and french toast with fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
- Toss vegetables into pasta for added nutritional value.
- Load up favorite foods with veggies or beans and learn how to swap high-calorie ingredients for lower-calorie versions.
- Add one can or frozen ingredient into a recipe and create a healthier version of a family favorite.
- Bake beets into baked goods for an extra-moist and flavorful treat.
- Puree fruits like peaches and pears to make sauces... drizzle sauces everywhere – from pancakes to poultry.
- Choose reduced sodium, no-salt-added, light-syrup, or items containing fruit juice whenever possible.
- Add spinach or sweet peas to omelets or sauté chopped onions, bell peppers with scrambled eggs.
- Make cereals sweeter by adding pears or peaches.
- Create delicious smoothies by adding fruit with yogurt.
- Blend sweet peas, garbanzo beans, or beets to make healthier dips.
Healthy Eating for Kids
Don't give up - there are plenty Libby's fruits and vegetables, and with a little bit of perseverance, creativity and patience will help your children discover their favorites.
Every parent knows the nightmare of dealing with eating ruts, dinner skipping, and picky eating issues from kids. What's the best way to handle this? In order to have faith that your kids are getting enough to eat beyond grilled cheese and chicken fingers, here are some ways that Libby's can help expand your kids' culinary and nutrition horizons.
Tips for Parents
- Use different foods every day in as many variations as possible. Because it takes up to at least 15 exposures to food varieties before a kid might accept, parents often give up after a few attempts. Continue to encourage them to try, but don't force the issue.
- Avoid a "clean plate" requirement which can further negative impressions. As long as your child takes a few bites, that's the right direction.
- Dazzle your kids with color and texture by giving them a broad range of choices, or make eating fun by adding alphabet noodles or creative shapes to vegetable soups.
- Cut veggies and fruit into shapes or arrange faces on the plate to create an enjoyable mealtime experience.
- Kids love having command over their food. Even if it's a small part, involving your kids in meal preparation can eventually provide great benefits to healthier eating and independence, which can inspire them to try new things.
- Have your kids list their favorite foods when preparing the grocery list.
- If everything else fails, use some camouflage. Adding vegetables to sauces, omelets, pizza, and baked goods can give them an "added boost" to nutrition without affecting the overall flavor of their favorite dishes.
- Keep quick, healthy snacks available for the "Mom, I'm starving!" moments. Having Libby's single-serve Fruit Cups in the cupboard allows for a healthy snack in seconds.
- Make foods to "Dip & Dunk" - Libby's has many products that can be used as dips. Kids love having command over their food. Blend vegetables with sour cream or fruits with yogurt to create dips for raw vegetables and fruits.