Minerals Minerals are micronutrients that enable key bodily functions and help us absorb vitamins. Major minerals (macrominerals) are needed in larger amounts. Trace minerals (microminerals) are needed in smaller amounts. Three minerals—sodium, calcium, and iron—play crucial roles, so excesses or deficiencies can cause serious health concerns.
Water Water helps maintain your proper salt and pH balance, and helps transport substances within your body. Without sufficient water, most people get quickly dehydrated. Several days without water can result in shock and death. Individual water needs vary by age, body size, diet, exercise level, overall health, environmental temperature, and humidity. "Energy drinks" should not be long-term substitutes for consuming water.
Food Safety Watch expiration dates. Use proper storage and handling techniques: – Keep hands and surfaces clean. – Separate raw and cooked foods. – Scrub and rinse produce thoroughly. – Heat cooked foods sufficiently to kill germs. – Refrigerate perishable foods. – Be careful with common sources of food-borne illness including raw eggs, meat, poultry, and fish; unwashed or outdated beans or sprouts; and unpasteurized milk and juices.
Build Your Menu 3 meals/2 snacks per day Must include 3 meals and two snacks. Budget for one week $100 Include essential nutrients No supplements Consider taste, cost, prep time Don’t forget water Include a specific grocery list, estimate cost.