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Reach for the (Guiding) Stars!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Author: 
Kelsey McCullough
Friday, May 2, 2014

                                   Healthy UNH

Did you know that in addition to the “Wildcat Plate” every UNH dining hall offers Guiding Stars to help pick the best food options for you? Learn to read the stars and create a healthy plate! 

The Guiding Stars can be found throughout Hannaford’s supermarkets as well as the Dining Halls at UNH. They help navigate you to make healthy food choices. Each star represents a certain nutritional value with one being designated as “good”, two as “better”, and three stars as “best”. If a food has no stars that means it does not meet the Guiding Star criteria, or it has not been rated yet.

An easy comparison is white rice is given one star, because it provides good nutrition, however brown rice is given two stars because it has increased fiber and is a whole grain. The Guiding Stars are a good way to compare food choices and guide you to the healthy option!

I like that the Guiding Stars is a very passive guide to healthy food options at the Dining Halls. If you are torn between two options it is an easy way to make your food choices. Next time you are looking at the UNH Dining online menu, or in the Dining Halls, look for the Guiding Stars legend to choose the best meal for you! 

Check out the Guiding Stars next time you are in the dining hall! 

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