Food Safety Tips to Keep You Healthy

By Athlete's Care on September 03, 2013

It’s September already. Before you know it, the days are getting shorter and the kids are off to school. Make sure to take advantage of those last few sun shiny days! Here are some great food tips to keep you healthy and on the go.

1. Keep it clean: it’s important to always wash your hands before preparing food. This is the best way to prevent the spread of bacteria and some infectious diseases. Fruits and vegetables are great on the go snacks and contain water to keep you hydrated. Always wash your produce thoroughly. This will get rid of any possible contamination including unclean water, fecal matter or other raw food items.

2. Prep and Storage: You may be leaning towards cold soups and salads to help combat that hot weather. Any cooked food should not be kept at room temperature for too long. The goal is always to keep food out the danger zone; 4˚C to 60˚C. Keep that chilled food chilled! Leftovers are always great! If you have any extra food, store them in the refrigerator and try to eat it within 3 or 4 days.

3. Keep your eyes peeled when dining out: Who doesn’t love a nice meal on the patio of their favourite restaurant. When eating out this summer, take a quick look around to make sure the tables, tablecloths and utensils are all neat and tidy. If you don’t finish your meal at the restaurant, think twice about whether or not to take home a doggy bag. If the weather is really hot and you know you won’t be reaching home within a couple hours of the food being served, it may be wise to pass on the doggy bad. If you do get one, get your meal in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

It’s too beautiful outside to be under the weather. Follow these tips and have a blast before the summer wraps up!

Article written by Athlete's Care Nutritionist Maxine Silberg.