Eastern Shore Food Lab

Food Tips

As part of our Nutritional/Environmental Education impact initiative, we’ll be posting quick tips for getting the most nutrition from food.

Check out our top seven tips below, and dive into more student-researched highlights on our website including sprouting almonds, cooking blueberries, selecting potatoes, and creating a balanced meal with tortillas.

Top 7 Food Tips

1. Avoid Sugar

Humans evolved in an environment with limited access to sugar. Modern foods and beverages often contain more sugar than our bodies are capable of processing, leading to chronic health problems.

2. Eat Natural Foods

Assemble snacks and meals with whole, recognizable ingredients that occur in nature. Focus on leafy greens, root vegetables, nuts, and animal products procured in an environmentally ethical way.

3. Enjoy Something Fermented, Everyday

Nourish your gut with healthy bacteria. Learn to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and yogurt, and let these foods support your overall health.

4. Use Traditional Fats 

Prioritize nuts, seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, lard, tallow, suet, and dairy products that have not been ultra-pasteurized. Real fats help to increase nutrient absorption. Avoid hydrogenated fats.

5. Make Your Own Bread

Long-fermented sourdough bread offers greater nutritional value than supermarket bread, and pairs well with traditional fats. Beware of bread with more than three ingredients (flour, salt, water).

6. Follow the Seasons

Learn to identify the optimum time for nutritional value in food. Appreciate tender greens in spring, the abundance of summer fruits and fall harvests, and root vegetables in winter.

7. Go Wild

We evolved to crawl at an early age to help us recognize wild plants in adulthood. Learn to identify safe foods like dandelions, chickweed, purslane, violets, and clover. Connect with the place you live.