The 2010 Healthy Living Summit is off to a great start!
The HLS committee woke up bright and early to coordinate the last-minute details for the day.
At 8:00 AM on the dot, HLS registration started.
Once attendees checked-in, they enjoyed a healthy breakfast sponsored by Quaker, Stonyfield, and Thomas.
Quaker offered a wonderful oatmeal bar that everyone really seemed to enjoy.
I filled my bowl with oats and added fresh berries, granola, and almond butter.
The oatmeal was soooo creamy! Just the way I like it!
I also had a dark chocolate Adora disk, a cup of coffee, and half of a carrot muffin with breakfast.
After breakfast, HLS attendees heard from the keynote speaker sponsored by Arnold and Oroweat. Registered Dietitian, Christine Palumbo, gave a presentation called, “Eating Well for Feeling Fabulous.” She addressed the latest health and wellness trends and their impact on what’s “hot” in food, the importance of healthy living and food laws/policy making, such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, and provided tips for healthy living.
Then, everyone split into smaller breakout groups.
The first session that I attended was called “Cooking Ethical Meals on the Cheap.” Evan of Food Makes Fun Fuel and Lin from Tea Time with Lin taught us all about how ethical eating can be easy, delicious, and affordable.
In their presentation, Evan and Lin discussed how “ethical” eating can be adapted to all types of lifestyles and budgets whether you choose to eat meat or not. Here are some of my favorite tips and ideas for ethical eating on a budget:
- When it comes to organic products look for store brands. Store brand organic milk and eggs, for instance, are often nutritionally equivalent to name brands, but a lot more affordable.
- Invest in your health. Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive, but organic products often cost more. Lin suggested prioritizing your budget, so you can spend a little extra on high quality foods. For example, if you nix your daily Starbucks habit, you’d have more money to spend on nutritious foods.
- Buy directly from farmers. If you buy directly from the source, it’s typically cheaper and more nutritious.
- Buy meat in bulk and freeze excess. Evan suggested buying a whole chicken and incorporating the meat into different dishes over the course of the week and/or freezing what you don’t use.
- Avoid the “choice” cuts (like chicken breasts) and instead use other cuts or ground meat in dishes. You get the same nutrition, but just in a different form.
More to come from the Healthy Living Summit! Stay tuned!