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Comfort foods that we crave can align with healthy dietary choices simply by making adjustments in our daily meal planning. According to Steve Lankford, President of the Family Nutrition Center in Green Bay, by simply moving away from pre-packaged foods that are often filled with additives and preservatives to improve taste, and shifting one’s diet to more raw foods like nuts, seeds and whole grains, people will feel more satisfied and begin to crave healthier foods. Often in the winter, comfort foods include starchy items like potatoes, pasta and oatmeal. “Oatmeal,” Lankford said, “is a healthy choice because it’s a whole grain.” He reminds people to incorporate more whole grains and eat less refined grains. Refined grains have been significantly modified from their natural state whereas whole grains still contain all 3 edible parts of the grain; the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Lankford also recommends experimenting with recipes that incorporate new healthy foods into your diet that you haven’t tried before. He mentioned root vegetables and fennel as readily available fresh foods in the fall and winter months.
“Oatmeal is a healthy choice because it’s a whole grain.” Steve Lankford, President of the Family Nutrition Center
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