Tips for Healthy Food Shopping

The source of the food that you consume lies in the grocery shopping trips. If you act smart during these trips, you can actually bring a healthy change in your diet and that of your family. Make decisions that will not only bring improvements in the food but also in the lifestyle. It is our food which shapes our personality and forms an important component of our lifestyle. If you are able to turn it healthy, your life is going to tilt the healthier side.

Our step by step guide has a tutorial ready for you on what must to buy when you set to shop and what must to avoid.

Instructions

  • 1

    Buy fresh:

    Fresh vegetables and fresh fruits are the best forms of food on earth. Invest in them. They provide you with proteins, vitamins and fibers that are needed for a perfect diet. There is no comparison of canned food with the farm fresh options available because a lot of processing has gone into the preservation of the canned food. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season to capture the maximum freshness.

  • 2

    Dairy:

    Ground and red meat is high in saturated fats, so opt for lean meat options like skinless chicken, turkey and fish and lean beef. Get the proteins you need from beans like kidney beans, black beans and lentils. In eggs, the yolk is saturated fat source, so go for just the egg white or any egg substitute. While buying milk, yogurt and cheese, choose the low fat options.

    Buy vegetable oil and olive oil to cook your food.

  • 3

    Steer clear of the snacks:

    These snacks are the reason why you are getting fat and have been suffering from late night snacking. Do not bring them into the house in the first place. This goes for the carbonated beverages too. Go for juices that are hundred percent pure and use very low preservatives.

  • 4

    Canned vs frozen:

    Frozen foods are better than  canned food in a way that they capture the nutrients better. So if you have an option of buying something either canned or frozen, you know which one to choose. If you have no option but to buy canned food, go for ones without added salt/sugar and packed in juice and not in syrup. Get tuna that is packed in water and not oil for your pantry.

    Learn to read the labels for calorie and nutrition information. Do not go for anything that mentions 'hydrogenated' or 'trans fat'.

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    Whole grains:

    For your bread, cereal, rice and pasta, go for whole grain options which are less processed and healthier. They will give your needed carbohydrates and fiber. Choose whole-wheat bread and pastas, brown rice, grain mixes, quinoa, bulgur, and barley.

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