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Terry Hawk’s Healthy Eating Tips

Alright, let’s get this over with. Hello, I’m Terry Hawk, an ambassador for Odd Fodder, the only place to eat in Toledo that combines four restaurants under one roof. If you like fresh food that is healthy and tasty, come eat at Odd Fodder — the food is fresh, tasty, and healthy. Okay! Management has asked me to share some healthy eating tips with you all in today’s blog. What a local restaurant is doing telling customers how to live their lives is beyond me, but perhaps you’ll find some of these tips useful when deciding what to eat, be it here at Odd Fodder or at home. You know you can order our food online, right? Read on for some healthy eating tips.

1. Focus on Fruits and Vegetables

First of all, if you’re trying to eat healthy, you should focus on eating a lot of fruit and vegetables. I recommend you consume at least five portions a day of the fruits and vegetables of your choice. Fresh food is best, but frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables work just as well. Keep in mind that while fruit and vegetable juices count as a portion, they’re also high in sugar and can be bad for your teeth. Try not to have more than one glass of fruit or vegetable juice a day.

If you’re trying to eat healthy at Odd Fodder, menu items like the Kale & Beet Salad, Avocado Salad, and the Health Soup are all loaded with vegetables. I mean, they’re salads. That should be pretty obvious.

2. Choose White Meat or Fish Over Red Meat

All kinds of meat are tasty, but lighter meats and fish are better for your body. Red meat is delicious but often much fattier than white meat, which isn’t good for you in regular amounts. Even for strong young men like Luca, whose bodies need a lot of calories for all the energy they’re using, white meat and fish are a healthier choice than red meat. Fish in particular is a great source of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower your risk for heart disease.

We have plenty of white meat and fish items on our menus at Odd Fodder, including Chicken & Waffles, The Almond Chicken Wrap, the Smoked Salmon Spread, and the Smoked Wings.

3. Incorporate High-Fiber Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are good for you in moderation, and if you have the right kind. I believe high-fiber carbs are good for you and should make up at least a quarter of your total diet. Foods with these high-fiber carbs include potatoes with their skin on, whole wheat noodles and breads, and cereals. These high-fiber carbs help you feel more full than starchy carb foods like pasta. One thing to watch out for, though, is how you prepare or serve these high-fiber carbs. Common additions, like buttering your bread, putting creamy sauce on noodles, or oil on chips can increase their fat content and calorie count fairly quickly.

If you’re looking to incorporate high-fiber carbs into your diet while eating at Odd Fodder, I’d recommend getting one of the noodle bowls from Arabelle at the Electric Noodle Company.

4. Cut Down on Salt

Eating too much salt is a great way to raise your blood pressure, so maybe lay off if you care about that sort of thing. Most people actually eat too much salt, and it’s not as simple as just not adding salt to your food — most of the salt you consume is already in your food when you buy it. Breakfast cereals, soups, breads, and sauces often contain more salt than you’d expect. Use food labels to your advantage if you want to cut down. Ideally, adults should consume no more than 6 grams of salt a day, and kids should have even less. Be sure to have a little, though — not getting any salt poses its own risks to your health.

We don't use much salt in anything we cook at Odd Fodder, though we never compromise on flavor. If you’re trying hard to cut down, I’d stay away from the soups and stick to the veggie and meat menu items.

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5. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Another thing you should do to get healthier is drink plenty of fluids. Even if you’re not close to being dehydrated, water helps everything in your body operate more smoothly — kind of like oil in a car. I’d say you should be getting 6 to 8 glasses of fluids every day for optimal health. Everything that’s not alcoholic counts, but water, low-fat milk, and tea are the healthiest options. Fruit juices and sodas are often high in sugar.

Luckily, we offer plenty of beverages at Odd Fodder to keep you hydrated. We’ve got unique, fresh-pressed juices, such as the Dirty Lemonade and the Stonefruit Haymaker. We’ve also got organic hot and iced teas, local hot and cold brew coffee, and kombucha tea from Boochy Mama. Give them a try, they’ll keep you hydrated.

6. Consume Everything in Moderation

No matter what the latest health trends are, the one that will never be disputed is the value of consuming everything in moderation. No matter what kinds of food you like best, be it fruit, vegetables, meat, or something else, the key to a healthy diet is balance and variety. Luckily, at Odd Fodder, variety is what we do best. With four restaurants under one roof, you’ll always have the opportunity to try something new every day. Try something from every menu at Odd Fodder to find your favorites, if you want. Again, I really don’t care. If you enjoy fresh food, you should come to Odd Fodder because we have fresh food. End of blog.