How to Boost Your Health with Culinary Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks

Tips for nourishing our families–and our farmers–at this critical time
Greetings Friends,
We hope everyone is doing as well as possible and staying safe in these difficult times. We’re all dealing with new challenges in different ways, but if you’ve been cooking more to boost immunity and improve health in your household—or want to start—our friend and celebrated nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, author of What The Fork Are You Eating?, has some great tips to share. Even picking one or two can help make your routine healthier, more manageable, and maybe even support some amazing independent farms who need the business (farmers: feel free to share with your customers!). We look forward to hearing what you think and welcome your tips, too.
With best wishes to you, your families and your communities,
Emily at A Greener World

p.s. Need to find your local food bank or a farm selling online? We’ve been adding to our COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Consumers page regularly, so please check it out and let us know what we’re missing.

Edible Empowerment: How to Boost Your Health with High Quality Food from Independent Farmers
By Culinary Nutritionist, Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN
As a chef, nutritionist and author of What the Fork Are You Eating, I am always looking for edible solutions—everyday, and when in crisis. Whether it’s my personal health, that of my family, my clients’ or an unprecedented global pandemic like COVID-19, food is medicine.

I aim to empower you with tools to make a difference daily while negotiating new territory. If we have more time on our hands, let’s use it wisely to boost health with high quality foods from independent farmers.
Shop Smart

While surely there is a need to buy certain items from big box stores (and hopefully you are not hoarding), independent sustainable farms in your area are still doing business and can nourish you with beautiful food. There are great advantages to tapping into your local food economy:

  1. Independent farms have a variety of food and products that may not be available from your normal sources (for instance, an array of vegetables and hard to find animal foods)
  2. Buying locally means a shorter supply chain, so less risk of disruption and more opportunity for creative solutions (delivery options, prepared foods, emergency food hubs, farmer networks and collaboration, etc.)
  3. ………….

Read the rest of Stefanie’s tips for smart shopping and nourishing cooking on our blog here>>

Speaking of independent farms….
Despite promises in the CARES act, farms are being left out of critical support during the COVID-19 crisis. We don’t usually do policy, but we jumped into this fight when we realized what was at stake—because, in the words of our Executive Director Andrew Gunther,

“If we can’t show our independent farmers the same level of appreciation we do for a multi-million-dollar widget maker, we face the very real danger of losing these farms forever—and, with them, the food security of this country.”

If you feel the same way, please sign and share our petition below—and thank you.

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