CARROLLTON, Texas  (Food-News.net)  The USDA’s new dietary guidelines for the food you put on your plate encourage Americans to focus on what they eat and how they eat. At the heart of the guidelines: cut back on salt, sugar and fat, and trim portion sizes.

“These new and improved dietary recommendations (www.dietaryguidelines.gov) give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”

How can you make the new guidelines work for your family’s meals? Healthy Steps by Jokari, whose innovative line of kitchen tools has taken the guesswork out of portion sizes, offers these tips:

  • Portion control is key
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Switch to a reduced fat milk
  • Compare sodium in foods in order to reduce your intake
  • Drink water instead of high-calorie sugary drinks

Limiting sodium intake helps prevent hypertension, edema and strokes. One tool that can help is the Healthy Steps Salt Shaker, which delivers a precise amount every time. It’s a measuring dispenser and a tabletop shaker, all in one.

Another product to help with the new guidelines is the Healthy Steps Portion Control Serving Set to control portions when serving meals right at the dinner table. Portion sizes are tucked away on the heads of the tools, which include a slotted spoon, solid spoon and spatula.

Also from Healthy Steps, the Portion Control Pasta Basket cooks a precise amount of pasta, as you measure and cook with the same tool. The Portion Control Vegetable Server is a slit spoon measuring a half-serving of cooked vegetables, without the steaming liquid.

“We are first to market, revolutionizing portion control with a complete line of sleek and simple tools designed to make preparing and serving fresh and vitamin-packed foods a breeze,” says Doug Taeckens, president and CEO of Healthy Steps by Jokari. “We simplify the cooking routine, making it easier to follow the new USDA dietary guidelines.”

Currently, Healthy Steps by Jokari line more than products priced from $2.99 to $14.95. The entire line is available online at Organize.com, Amazon and Chef Central and retailers, including Hy-Vee, Garden Ridge, Cost Plus World Market, Zabar’s, Wegmans, Big Y Food Stores, King’s Food Stores, Fred Meyer and Giant Food Stores.

For more information, log on to www.myhealthysteps.com for products, recipes and nutritional information. Follow Healthy Steps by Jokari on Facebook.com/healthysteps and Twitter www.twitter.com/healthy_steps and on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/MyHealthySteps.

About: Jokari has built a strong reputation since 1974 and is well-known in the industry for creating innovative products for the home and beyond. The company offers a wide range of mostly patented products designed to simplify everyday tasks, create storage solutions and extend the life of common household products such as carbonated beverages and wine.



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