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Are You A Smart Foodie?

Are You A Smart Foodie?

The 2014 documentary, Foodie: The Culinary Jet Set, followed a collection of food fanatics as they indulged their quest for the perfect morsel by dining in the world’s top posh-nosh restaurants.

In North America over 47 million of you claim you’re foodies, demanding healthier ingredients and novel flavors. Or so you say. But in the past two years, consumption of candies and individual snacks has gone up over 27 percent, chips by 24 percent. Folks gobble carob-/yogurt-coated snacks and snack/granola bars, refrigerated smoothies, all laced with added sugars, excess fat and extra calories. And while many of you are cooking dinner more often (almost 6 times weekly), you aren’t often cooking from scratch -- the healthiest way. Plus around 55 percent of you regularly have ice cream and cookies, often high in sugars, added syrups, sat fat and calories.

Wanna be a Smart Foodie? Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients: Buy fresh produce. (To avoid the Environmental Working Group’s pesticide-laced “Dirty Dozen” -- apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, go organic). And avoid packaged, processed foods. Opt for lean proteins like skinless chicken and salmon -- only 3 ounces of red meat a week.

Prep: Grill, bake or poach those proteins and have 5-9 servings of produce daily, fresh, steamed or roasted. Use fresh herbs and spices (cumin, curry, turmeric, hot peppers, olives, garlic) to create flavor surprises.

Serve: Dish it up for the whole family. Eating meals together at home promotes weight loss, improved nutrition, and closer family ties.

Medically reviewed in July 2018.

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