Updates on nutrition facts label

There will be changes coming to the nutrition facts label on packaged food in 2018. Did you know this? Mentioned below are a few of these changes that will be taking effect soon. Maybe you pay attention to these labels every now and then, or maybe you don’t, but you should! I think in recent years, we are starting to pay more attention at what we put in our bodies. It’s worth mentioning a few of the changes being made. Here are some of them:

-Potassium and vitamin D will now be required to be on food labels, while vitamins A and C will no longer be required. Nationwide food consumption surveys show that Americans still lack in potassium and vitamin D, which is important for bone and heart health. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans generally do not have difficulty getting the recommended amounts of vitamins A and C.

-Added sugars will now be required to be listed underneath the total sugars, differentiating between what is naturally occurring sugar and what isn’t. I personally find this to be a very helpful change to see take effect. I think a lot of the sugar we consume on a daily basis comes more from added sugars. Sometimes we do not even realize how much extra we are consuming so I think this will be very eye opening.

-Another change to take note of  is that the “serving size” of items will change to better fit what a person typically consumes in one sitting.  For example, a beverage may change from being listed as two servings in the bottle/container to just one serving. This helps a person see the whole picture, rather than having to count how many servings he or she consumed. However, I find this to be a little tricky because one serving size may not be what is recommended, depending on what it is. I think it will definitely make it easier to understand the amount, but consumers will still need to understand their own specific needs.

So there you have it. It looks like manufacturers have until July 26th, 2018 before they are required to use the new label. Another year to go, but still very important information to learn about. I will be very interested in seeing if these new changes help me in any way when grocery shopping. For more information on this topic, visit eatright.org

Thanks for reading! 🙂

What I ate in Chicago

I just recently came back from a fantastic trip in Chicago. It was my first time there, so obviously I had to try some deep dish pizza! I tried two different places while there and definitely favored one over the other. Here is everything I ate while in Chicago!

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The most delicious Thai iced tea to go with my Thai food dinner on my first night in Chicago

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NOMZ

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A quick breakfast before a full day of walking in Downtown Chicago

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A cocktail with this view? Yes, please!

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This is me being “healthy”, balancing out my day before a night of delicious pizza!

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Deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s, this pizza is called The Malnati Chicago Classic

So Lou Malnati’s was my first deep dish pizza stop! Something I learned about Chicago is that it’s all about the crust. My pizza (pictured above) was a butter crust, complete with sausage, sauce, and plenty of cheese. The butter crust was both soft and crispy and did not disappoint! It wasn’t until I tried the second pizza place that I realized that the crust can be prepared differently (more on that below). My pizza was a “personal pizza” size. There was also a small, medium, and large option. The personal pizza size is made to be enough for one, the small for two, and so on. I have to be honest though and say that after eating my pizza, I was still hungry! I finished it, and immediately wished I had ordered the “small”. I had been walking for hours all day throughout the city and was REALLY ready for this meal when I arrived at the restaurant! I left happy, but still a little hungry and made sure to remember to be more aware of the pizza size options at the restaurant I tried the next day.

Fast forward to the next day, I was excited to try Gino’s East. I opted to have an appetizer while waiting for my pizza since it takes about 45 minutes to an hour for deep dish pizza to be prepared, not matter where you go.

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Crispy, caramelized Brussels sprouts

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Deep dish pizza a la Gino’s East and my personal fave. This pizza is called the Gino’s Supreme. THE REAL DEAL RIGHT HERE

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Cheesy, saucy goodness!

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Gino’s East really hit it out of the ballpark for me! The crust is made from a corn meal crust, something my server told me about. I was intrigued by this as I had never heard of anything like it, but let me just say, this was one of the best pizzas I had ever eaten! The corn meal crust was flaky, cooked to perfection, and complemented so well with the rest of the pizza! My pizza had pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Also, the sauce is put on top of the pizza, so the cheese doesn’t burn! The cheese was melted perfectly under the sauce and the sauce itself was delicious. Every bite was better than the last. I was a happy camper.As you can see from the above picture, the pizza was more than enough for me! It was a size small, as there was only small, medium, and large on the menu. No personal pizza size. It was way bigger than the previous night’s personal pizza. The perfect amount for this hungry girl. Still, I definitely couldn’t eat the whole thing and thought to myself that I would have probably been able to eat the entire thing the night before!

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Pizza, you have defeated me!

All in all, an amazing deep dish pizza experience. I’m happy that I got to experience two different styles of deep dish pizza since I had no idea what I was getting myself into from the start! I hope you enjoyed the photos! To finish off, below is my final meal I had in Chicago the next day before heading off to the airport to go back to New York.

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Banana Nutella Crepe

Chicago, thanks for a good time!=]