Eating Healthy for the Soul

September 18, 2017

If you desire a healthier body with more energy, it’s important to understand that healthy lifestyle choices often begin with the food we eat. Start paying attention to the nutritional value of your food and learn a few things with our no-cost tips for an easy start to eating better:

  • Craving dessert? A piece of fruit is an excellent alternative when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth.
  • Thirsty? Avoid sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks and fruit juice. Water, naturally flavored seltzer water and vegetable juice are healthier alternatives.
  • Choose whole grain. Whole grain bread, whole grain rice and foods made from whole wheat flour are healthier options than their "white," processed alternatives. 
  • Love meat? Eat more fish! Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, just remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt.
  • Want to add flavor? Stop adding salt. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Experiment with other spices instead, learn to use new and different flavors.

And those with healthy bank accounts are NOT the only ones who can eat healthy, here are some “super foods” that are cheap and fit into any budget:

  • Oats (cost per serving: 10 cents)
  • Almonds (cost per serving: 63 cents)
  • Tea (cost per serving: 10 cents)
  • Oranges (cost per serving: 34 cents)
  • Eggs (cost per egg: 17 cents)
  • Natural peanut butter (cost per serving: 21 cents)


Let us help you get started on the right path to a healthier you! To learn more, please join us for our Healthy Food for the Soul event on September 21st. This the latest in the Community Learning events held at the ACCESS Center for Discovery and Learning. The event will be led by renowned expert Sandra L. Gomez Perez, PhD, LD, LDN, Assistant Professor Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University. Learn which foods provide energy and prevent disease and which foods bring your body down. You’ll also get cooking tips for simple, low-cost meals.


September 21

2:00 -3:00 p.m.

ACCESS Center for Discovery and Learning

5139 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60609