“Better Choices” to Fuel Your Life

Not all foods are created equal. The simple fact is that some foods are more nutritious, provide more energy, and a generally better for you than others. While temptations may about, simply being aware of your food choices and taking the time to seek out the healthier alternative can make a big difference in your diet, your well-being, and your life.

In the chart below, we have identified many common food choices and then provided a healthier alternative. Use this as a starting point, and then continue to make smart choices with the fuel you put into your body.

Food Choice Better Food Choice
Breakfast Cereal (Sugar Coated) Cheerios, Wheaties, Oatmeal, or other whole-grain, low-sugar cereals / Eggs
Whole milk Skim Milk / 1% Milk
Pop Tarts and Pastries Whole Grain Waffles / Bagels Cinnamon Raisin Toast / English Muffin
Soda pop Water / Crystal Light / Kool-Aid / Powerade
Hamburgers Lean Ground Beef / Ground Sirloin
Hot dogs Low-fat Hot dogs or Turkey Dogs, Lunchables or Starkist Tuna packs
Bologna Light Bologna / Turkey / Chicken breast without skin or breading
American cheese Fat-Free Cheeses or 2% Milk Cheese Slices
Butter and Mayonnaise Mustard, Ketchup, or Butter Spray Substitute (Can’t believe it’s not Butter spray) or Imitation Butter Flakes / Helman’s Low-Fat Mayonnaise
French fries and Tater Tots Oven Baked Real Potato Slices / Shake -n- Bake Potatoes / Mini-Rice Cakes
Pizza loaded with cheese and meat Bagel Bites or Tortilla Pizza or Pita Pizza or Homemade Pizza!
Candy bars Energy Bars / Granola Bar Rice Krispie Treats / Chocolate Low-Fat Milk
Ice cream Low-fat Ice cream/ Frozen Yogurt / Water Popsicle’s / Non-fat Yogurt
Potato Chips Air-popped popcorn / Mini-Rice Cakes / Mini-Popcorn Cakes / Chex Mix / Trail Mix
Cookies / Snack Cakes Whole-wheat crackers or animal crackers / Reduced Fat Selections / Fat-Free Fig Newtons
Vending Machine Snacks Fresh fruits and vegetables (Like Carrots, Celery, Apples, Oranges, Bananas)
Regular Peanut Butter Smuckers ‘All Natural’ Peanut Butter on anything: Like an Apple, Bagel, Rice Cake, Celery or Carrots, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Wheat Crackers (Turn the jar upside down to blend the oil in the peanut butter when storing it on the shelf.)