Better Health & Nutrition
Eggland's Best has teamed up with Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D., to offer advice on the best in health, wellness and nutrition. Elizabeth is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian, author, and expert on healthy eating, family nutrition and women's health. Elizabeth's goal is to help educate people about making small, easy changes in their diets to help meet the recommendations outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
"We eat food, not nutrients, so it's important for us to think in those terms. We need to increase the nutrient-rich foods in our diets, including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean sources of protein, such as lean meat, fat-free and low-fat milk and yogurt, and Eggland's Best eggs. I've been using Eggland's Best eggs for over 10 years. They are the only eggs I serve to my family," says Elizabeth.
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Tips for Healthy Eating
- Include foods that give you the biggest nutritional bang for your caloric buck. EB eggs are an example of a food that offers more for your calories. Compared to an ordinary egg, each Eggland's Best egg contains two times more vitamin D, double the omega-3 fatty acids, 10 times more Vitamin E and 25% less saturated fat - all for only 70 calories.
- Eat foods in their most natural forms. The more you process a food, the more added sodium, solid fats, and sugar it tends to have. Processing also decreases the levels of potassium and other important nutrients.
- Obey your hunger. Practice mindful eating. Enjoy meals and snacks with a minimum distraction. Turn off the TV, the computer, and your phone and concentrate on eating.
- Snack smart. Snacks should be mini-meal, not meal-wreckers. Snack on perfectly-portioned nutrient-rich foods, such as a small carton of fat-free Greek yogurt or a hard-cooked Eggland's Best egg and fruit.
- Get moving! Work in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week
About Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD
Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, is a writer and nutrition consultant. She is the author of several books, including her latest, MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better. Elizabeth also writes on a regular basis for Men's Fitness, WebMD, and USAToday.com.
Ward created and conducted corporate nutrition education programs for five years at Medical Care Affiliates in Boston, where she also counseled ambulatory patients. She has worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the American Heart Association, and for seven years counseled children and adults about healthy eating and disease prevention at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.
Ward completed her undergraduate degree in human nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a one-year dietetic internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a master's degree in mass communication at Boston University. She is the recipient of the 125 Alumni to Watch Award from the University of Massachusetts, and was named Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Massachusetts Dietetic Association.
Ward lives in the Boston, MA area with her husband and three daughters.