If you are looking for simple ways to improve the nutritional quality of family meals, you came to the right place. Shape Up America! and National Turkey Federation developed this new Meal Upgrade Calculator to show you how to “upgrade” some of your favorite dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner so you and your family can reap the benefits of consuming less calories and fat.
The key to “upgrading” a meal is to make small changes that will lower fat and calories while not making any tradeoffs in taste or convenience. Since most families eat meat and poultry, this calculator starts by showing you ways to “upgrade” favorite meals with turkey – considered by many nutritionists as the perfect protein. This is because turkey has more protein than certain cuts of beef or chicken, is low in calories and fat, contains less cholesterol than most other meats, and is full of important nutrients.
Making small changes when preparing side dishes or adding toppings also leads to meaningful improvements in your health and well being. In short, this calculator gives you the power both to “upgrade” your meals and your health. So start upgrading your food choices now and you will be amazed!
Here is an amazing fact: a comparison study recently conducted by Shape Up America! found that making one simple change when preparing favorite family meals – substituting turkey for certain cuts of beef, pork or chicken – produced an average savings of 108 calories per meal occasion. Now think about this: studies predict 71.2 million fewer cases of overweight and obesity and savings of $58 billion annually in medical expenses if Americans simply consume 100 fewer calories a day. So if everyone made simple upgrades to their meals, consider how we would all be much healthier.
Click Here to download the
Nutrition Educator Tool Kit
for information on how to counsel consumers about making small changes in meal preparation to improve the family diet