Every week grocery shopping you’re on auto pilot, pushing your cart through the isles of your local super market, reaching for the same products you buy every other week. Let’s get this process off of auto pilot and put some serious thought into weather or not what you’re consistently picking up is actually good for you…
Here is our recommendation on what you might look into picking up in place of the un-healthy options you may have been grabbing before…
These colorful fruits and vegetables are jam packed full of phytonutrients, which are great for all of your systems. They are known to help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as various types of cancers, and heart disease. The Fruits and Veggies are also known to reduce cholesterol levels due to a natural ingredient called “Plant Sterol”. A few of my personal favorites are Broccoli, Onions, Peppers, Spinach, and Arugula.
We love snacking but we need to be conscious of the negative impact it can have on our health if we’re snacking on the wrong things… An ideal snack would be something like walnuts or salted popcorn. Snacks like these are lower in carbohydrates than snacks like chips and crackers, and even come with some beneficial natural ingredients like Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart. Eating nuts constantly could give you a lower risk of diseases such as Diabetes, and heart disease.
3. Canned Goods!
Ahh yes… Beans, beans, the magical fruit. These delicious little things are packed full of fibers and proteins. Pretty self explanatory… Add them to your cart, then add them into a dish in place of meat, or sprinkle them on a salad for a plethora of health benefits. Obviously there are tons of options for canned fruit and vegetables available at the super market but fresh is always better. Get these in the produce section instead, if you can. Doing this will help you save money as well and is better for the environment due to the fact you’re using little to no packaging for the fresh stuff.
Olive oil, avocado oil, and canola oil in place of butter or margarine can cut your cholesterol intake down drastically. Adding these to your diet will introduce loads of Omega-3’s to help keep your heart happy and healthy. Include Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon and cloves for similar benefits and great taste.
Now despite what you may have heard DO NOT buy skim or low fat milk or dairy products. I personally like to start the day by having Greek yogurt which is a good source of protein and tastes great. Now if you take the fat out of yogurt or milk what is left? SUGAR. You’re turning something thought to have some nutritional value, into a sugar drink. Not an ideal way to kick off the morning if you’re having dairy with your breakfast. Purchase whole milk or 2% but avoid skim or 1%. Do your research and develop your own opinion, this is just my two cents.
Hope this helps! Let us know what you think in the comments section.