Healthy Eating Through The Aisles
Apr 18, 2016
A lot of times we hear that in order to eat healthy we should shop the perimeter of the grocery store. While there are many healthy items to be found around the outer edges of the grocery store such as fruits, veggies and low-fat dairy, there are also many nutritious items located inside the perimeter. Keep these items in mind when shopping for a healthy diet and remember to always shop the entire store.
- Canned Fruit and vegetables—look for fruit packed in natural juice or water with no added sugars and low sodium or salt free vegetables.
- Canned or pouched tuna or salmon and chicken offer a budget friendly protein option.
- Low sodium broths for quick soup and stew recipes.
- Shelf stable milk like Almond milk works great for a quick smoothie recipe.
- Jarred and canned olives offer a lot of flavor and heart-healthy fats.
- Whole grains like whole wheat pasta, brown rice and quinoa provide a great source of fiber and vitamins.
- Canned tomatoes, Tomato sauce/paste—are great for soups, sauces and are a great source of antioxidants.
- Bread crumbs—great for adding a crunch to baked fish and poultry.
- Seasonings are a must for flavoring foods. Choose versatile options such as Onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cinnamon and all-purpose low sodium seasoning.
- Make sure to keep on hand heart-healthy oils such as olive oil and canola oil. Olive oil is great for cooking while canola oil is better for baking.
- Add flavor to marinades, dressings and dishes by using Balsamic and red wine vinegar. These are great alternatives to high sodium and higher fat items.
- Meats/Fish—frozen chicken and fish are great to keep on hand for a quick week night meal. Look for boneless, skinless chicken breasts and non-breaded fish.
- Frozen Veggies can be cooked in a flash and can be just as healthy as fresh. Choose vegetables packed in water with no sauces or seasonings added.
- Frozen fruit is great to use in smoothies, oatmeal and yogurt. Make sure to choose fruits with no extra sugar added.
- Whole grain rolls are better option than white rolls since they are a better source of fiber.