“Nudging” Your Clients to Pick Healthier Foods
Our goal is to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice for clients. Research has shown that small changes to the food distribution environment can greatly influence clients’ choices. These environmental cues or “nudges” include simple changes such as product placement, signage, appearance, and packaging. At Second Harvest, we hope to apply these nudges to our food distributions to help our clients pick healthier foods. If we can help clients pick more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy, we can influence their overall health and decrease their chances for chronic diseases.
1. Place healthy foods at the front—People are likely to take more when their cart is empty versus when it starts to fill up.
2. Cooking Demonstrations or Food Samples—These are especially helpful with more “strange” foods such as spaghetti squash or bok choy.
3. Recipes—Visit the Agency Zone on our website for great sources.
4. Signage—Make signs to tell people what it is. Also display pictures of healthy foods in waiting areas to prime clients to pick those foods.
5. Abundance—People are more likely to take food if there appears to be an abundance of it. Make sure crates are full and that produce appears attractive.
For more information watch this video: Nutrition and Health Strategies “Nudges”
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Adapted from Arizona Nutrition Network: Spring and Summer Cookbook
Serves: 4, 1 cup servings
2 cups cucumbers (diced)
1 cup tomato (seeded and diced)
¼ cup onion (chopped)
2 cups brown rice, cooked
2 teaspoons dill weed
½ cup Italian salad dressing, light
1. Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Chill for 1 hour and serve.
1) Dice bell pepper, removing core and seeds. Peel and dice onion.
2) Drain and rinse black-eyed peas and corn.
3) In a bowl, add pepper, onion, peas, corn, and remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Adapted from Cooking Matters at the Store
Mix yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl. Add honey to desired sweetness and mix until everything is combined. Enjoy with fruit slices (like apples or bananas) or graham crackers.
Build-Your-Own Trail Mix
Combine nuts, dried fruit and something crunchy for a hearty snack. Examples include almonds, dried cranberries & Cheerios or peanuts, raisins & pretzels. Almonds and peanuts are usually the cheapest nuts you can purchase, or try store brand mixed nuts, which tend to be a little less pricey.
Makes: 6 servings
Total Cost: $6.45
Serving Cost: $1.07
• 1 pound potatoes, chopped into 1-inch cubes
• ½ cup onion, chopped into 1-inch cubes
• ½ cup green pepper, chopped into 1-inch cubes
• 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon pepper
1. In a medium size bowl, mix potatoes, onions, green peppers and garlic. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Pour vegetable oil in hot skillet.
3. Spread potato mixture evenly in skillet.
4. Cover and let cook for about 15 minutes. Stir potatoes and cover again for another 15 minutes.
5. Potatoes are done when a fork can smash them easily.
From Meeting My Plate Goals on a Budget
*Use vegetables you already have for this recipe. Try carrots, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, or cauliflower.
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 410; Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 580 mg; Carbohydrates: 49 g; Fiber: 6 g; Protein: 30 g
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