When you are choosing what to donate to remember to ask yourself, “Is this something I would feed MY family?” Often times the foods that are donated to food shelves are the leftover, unwanted and highly processed foods. This year try to keep your neighbors’ health in mind when making your donations. Listed below are a few pointers to help guide your donation decisions:
1. Fruits and Veggies – Don’t forget to include fruits and veggies that will offer the most vitamins and minerals to keep Mower County healthy!
2. Low Sodium/No added salt – Canned and processed goods often have lots of sodium. Choose options that indicate they are unsalted, low sodium or no added salt.
3. No added sugar/Light Syrup – Canned fruits can be loaded with added sugar. Choose canned fruits
that are canned in juice or light syrup.
4. Lean proteins – Consider your protein sources as you donate this season. There are lots of options instead of canned meat products such as canned or dry beans, nuts and seeds or nut butters.
5. Whole grain products – If you choose to supply a pasta or cereal – make sure to choose whole grains!
6. Good fats – Donating cooking oils are a great way to get in some good fats. Consider donating olive or canola oil to support healthy hearts!
Mower Refreshed has posted a list of healthier food choices to help you
get started. Check it out at http://mowerrefreshed.org/refreshed-outlook-ondonating
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