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Dietary Considerations

Better Choice

Recipes designated as "Better Choice" provide simple yet nutritious options for your family. These recipes meet the following criteria, based on guidelines from the USDA 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  Meal* Entrée Side Item
Calories (kcal) 750 or less 500 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 800mg or less 600mg or less 360mg or less
Dietary Fiber 3g or more - 2g or more
  Appetizer/Snack Dessert Beverages
Calories (kcal) 200 or less 250 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 240mg or less 360mg or less -
Dietary Fiber 2g or more - -
Sugars 18g or less 22g or less 18g or less

* A meal includes a serving of meat, poultry, or seafood and a serving of a starch and a fruit or vegetable and uses 2,000 calories per day as a reference level. You may need more or less depending on your individual needs.

Heart Smart

Recipes designated “Heart Smart” are developed with your heart health in mind. These recipes meet the following criteria, based on guidelines from the American Heart Association:

  Meal* Entrée Side Item
Calories (kcal) 750 or less 500 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 800mg or less 600mg or less 360mg or less
Dietary Fiber 3g or more - 2g or more
  Appetizer/Snack Dessert Beverages
Calories (kcal) 200 or less 250 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
6% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 240mg or less 360mg or less -
Dietary Fiber 2g or more - -
Sugars 18g or less 22g or less 18g or less

* A meal includes a serving of meat, poultry, or seafood and a serving of a starch and a fruit or vegetable and uses 2,000 calories per day as a reference level. You may need more or less depending on your individual needs.

Carb Smart

Recipes designated as “Carb Smart” recipes supplement your diabetic lifestyle. These recipes meet the following criteria, based on guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, the USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the American Heart Association:

  Meal* Entrée Side Item
Calories (kcal) 750 or less 500 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 800mg or less 600mg or less 360mg or less
CHO 60g or less 45g or less 30g or less
Dietary Fiber 3g or more - 2g or more
  Appetizer/Snack Dessert Beverages
Calories (kcal) 200 or less 250 or less 200 or less
% of Calories from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
from Total Fat:
35% or less

from Saturated Fat:
10% or less
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (mg) 240mg or less 360mg or less -
CHO 30g or less 30g or less 30g or less
Dietary Fiber 2g or more - -
Sugars 18g or less 22g or less 18g or less

* A meal includes a serving of meat, poultry, or seafood and a serving of a starch and a fruit or vegetable and uses 2,000 calories per day as a reference level. You may need more or less depending on your individual needs.

Gluten-Free

Recipes designated as "Gluten-Free" are made with ingredients that are naturally gluten free and/or packaged products that are labeled gluten free by their manufacturer.

Special care is necessary when checking product ingredient lists since gluten is found in many foods. Unless specifically labeled gluten free you must take special care, and must be aware of the risk of cross-contamination.

Because the products in these recipes were evaluated using manufacturer-provided nutrition information, and product formulations can change at any time, Publix cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutrition information. Customers are encouraged to read the product labels to obtain the most accurate nutrition information. Any concerns regarding the gluten status of a product should be confirmed by contacting the manufacturer.

Lacto-ovo-Vegetarian

Recipes designated as “Lacto-ovo-Vegetarian“ refers to a vegetarian whose diet includes dairy products, eggs, vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.

Kosher-Adaptable

Recipes designated as "Kosher-Adaptable" can be made kosher with minimal changes that maintain the separation of meat and dairy. (For example, replacing butter with margarine.)

Better Choice, Heart Smart, Carb Smart, Lacto-ovo Vegetarian, and Gluten Free designated recipes are not meant to provide dietary advice. See your physician and/or registered dietitian for a personalized meal plan.