NOVA Beyond The Table

Beyond The Table: Farm-to-Fork

This year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets. Beyond the table also includes where and how we eat:  around the dinner table, on the go, auto dining, in schools and restaurants, socially and at entertainment venues. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that are sustainable and suit your lifestyle, incorporating any unique needs you have.  A healthy intake includes a variety of foods, eaten at home and away, no matter your food budget.

Tips to Stay Nourished on Any Budget

  • Cook at home
  • Use a grocery list to avoid overspending and impulse purchases
  • Shop weekly sales when purchasing foods
  • Join a community supported agriculture group
  • Plant a garden and grow food at home
  • Buy local

Eat a Variety of Foods from all Food Groups and Around the Globe

  • Regardless of your food choices, make half your plate fruits and vegetables, with the other half lean protein choices and whole grain pastas, brown rice or potatoes.
  • Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions
  • Eat foods in various forms including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.
  • Experiment with recipes using different ingredients
  • Try new foods or healthy global cuisines such as:
    • Stir-fried chicken and vegetables served over brown rice
    • Minestrone
    • Gnocchi (mix spinach in the dough) served with chopped vegetables 
    • Pita Sandwiches full of vegetables
    • Dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with ground meat and vegetables
    • Eggplant and squash over rice
    • Gazpacho (soup with cucumber and vegetables)

Make Your own Meals at Home.

  • People who eat more home-cooked meals not only tend to consume more fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber, but also eat less saturated fat and salt. 
  • Homemade food is typically more budget-friendly than dining out
  • Try new recipes online or treat yourself to a new cookbook.

Sustainable Food Practices

  • Get creative with leftovers to reduce food waste and save money
  • Enjoy more plant-based meals and snacks
  • Buy foods in season and from local farmers and markets when possible
  • Grow food at home, participate in community gardens or buy into community supported agriculture with local farms.

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