Your Cheat Sheet for Understanding Nutrition Labels

Understanding Nutrition Labels: If you prioritize a healthy lifestyle and wellness, you’re likely no stranger to paying close attention to the foods you consume. However, deciphering nutrition labels can be a daunting task. Here are five things to look for when reviewing food labels.

Ingredients

This section might be at the bottom of the label, but it’s the most important. The list of ingredients will tell you precisely what is in the food you’re consuming. Be mindful of any ingredients you may be allergic to or trying to avoid, such as added sugars, processed items, or artificial flavors. Additionally, remember that ingredients are listed in order of quantity, meaning the first few ingredients make up most of the food.

Serving Size

Next, review the serving size. This information will tell you how much of the food is considered one serving and how many servings are in the package. Paying attention to this information is  essential, as it can be easy to overindulge without realizing how much you’re consuming.

Understanding Nutrition Labels

Calories

Next, take a look at the calorie count. This information tells you how many calories are in one serving. If you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, talk with a doctor, as paying attention to calorie counts may be helpful. However, it’s important to note that not all calories are created equal, and a food’s nutrient density is equally essential to consider.

Nutrient Percentages

Nutrient percentages are often the most confusing part of a nutrition label, but are also crucial to understand. These numbers tell you how much certain nutrients are in one serving of the food as a percentage of your daily recommended intake. When looking at nutrient percentages, keep the following in mind:

  • 5% or less of a nutrient is considered low concentration
  • 20% or more of a nutrient is considered high concentration
  • Aim for a balance of nutrients throughout the day rather than focusing solely on one or two

Putting It All Together

Reading nutrition labels can seem overwhelming, but it’s essential to making informed food choices. By paying attention to ingredient lists, serving sizes, and nutritional concentration, you can be sure you’re consuming foods that align with your health and wellness goals.

BLUEROOT is committed to providing our community with delicious, nutrient-dense foods that nourish the body and support a healthy lifestyle. Our salads, burgers, bowls, and snacks are made with natural, whole ingredients, and we never compromise on quality or taste.

Build Your Own Bowl

One of our most popular items is the Build Your Own Bowl, where you can choose two greens or grains, four toppings, and your favorite dressing. Add protein if you like. This way, you can create a personalized meal packed with nutrient-dense ingredients to support your health and well-being.

White Bean Chicken Chili

Our White Bean Chicken Chili is another crowd-pleaser, featuring protein-heavy roasted chicken, fiber-rich white beans, fresh herbs, poblano peppers, and a dash of spices. This hearty and flavorful chili is an excellent option for a high-protein, low-carb meal.

Sweet Potato Hummus

We also offer a variety of sides, including our Sweet Potato Hummus, made in-house with only a handful of ingredients. Having clean and healthy snacks like our hummus on-hand takes the guesswork out of what to eat when you’re hungry and in a hurry. 

At BLUEROOT, we believe that food is medicine, and we are passionate about providing our customers with nourishing, nutrient-dense meals that support their health and well-being. We source only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, and prepare them with care to create delicious and nutritious meals. Join us for a meal and taste the difference that natural, nutrient-dense food can make in your life.

Are you craving a nutrient-dense meal? Visit our restaurant or order online today