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Finding Good Food

We all have to eat, so how do you find the best food?

With endless items on the shelves and numerous grocery store chains, how do you even begin to find out where your food really comes from? Though strolling through farmer’s markets and dining at local eateries sounds great, it doesn’t always fit into a busy day. Often, we have to grab and go. There are still a few ways to take charge of your available options and find good food.

If you are the designated shopper or are on the move a lot, you may want to look into the AUG Living Goods mobile app, which helps you to locate information about your grocery purchase in consideration. This useful app allows you to scan barcodes and facts come up about where the item is from, including when it is in season, pricing details and rating information from other consumers.

Of course, you can also find tons of apps for whole foods, international, vegetarian, vegan diners or fair trade labeled goods. One such tool developed by dieticians and the National Restaurant Association is the Kids LiveWell app. It assists in finding healthy restaurant choices and even provides nutrition, caloric and allergy information, and its free.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the food you are buying. For example, the resident fishmonger will know if your catch of the day was really caught that day or actually more than a few days ago. Also, research good choices that are available in your area before you need to shop. Then when you are short on time, reaching for something healthy and sustainably grown is easier.

Kids will also appreciate discovering where their meals and snacks come from. For an entertaining and audible presentation of various foods from around the world, check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Where Your Food Comes From index. Some of the featured food and drinks include cacao, peanuts, rice, popcorn, coffee, tea, fruits and vegetables.

Learning more about where foods originate and the people who produce them is not only interesting, but it also develops a sense of gratitude and a desire to select the most natural and ethically produced foods possible, even when in a hurry.

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