Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 23, 2016

Shorts…Caloric Intake Food Tips

Limit the intake of empty calories.

Empty Calories

A simple way to eat healthier is to make sure that the calories you ingest are not empty ones. Empty calories are obtained by eating things that have no nutrients. Solid fats and added sugars add a lot of calories but contain no other nutrients. Most processed food are much higher in empty calories than freshly prepared options. Cookies, cakes, donuts, soda, chips, candy and other such snack foods and drinks provide plenty of fat, added sugars and calories but very, very little in the way of beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Snacks prepared

Instead of eating empty calories, eat fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, raw nuts, seeds, fish, poultry, and eggs. These more nutrient dense foods can make a big difference in how you feel, how you look, and how much energy you have. The micro-nutrients contained in these foods provide vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy lifestyle.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

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