Knowing what to buy from the grocery store can make a big difference to eat healthy. Keeping simple, healthy foods on hand is doing the job of preparing healthy food a snap. Main foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains-including breads, crackers and cereals, and low-fat meats like chicken and fish. Finally it is important to have low-fat dairy products to round out your daily needs as recommended by the USDA
Fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruit is a great snack or a healthy addition to breakfast. If food on the go is important, try grapes or strawberries. Both can be intercepted in a hurry and consumed without any mess or waste.
Fresh vegetables supply vitamins and nutrients, which helps fuel the body. Opt for dark green vegetables as often as possible. The dark green vegetables have added fiber, and keep you feeling fuller longer. Some dark green vegetables are kale, mustard greens, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, and romaine lettuce.
Varying your vegetable selection is also important. Rotate in orange vegetables like carrots at least once a week. Raw vegetables make a great snack too.
So in the fresh produce aisle, add:
Kale or other green
Romaine lettuce (or salad)
Any other fresh fruit or veggie that looks good or beats you like.
Choosing whole grain products will aid your digestion, and provide your body with enough fuel to make it through the day. Whole grains, such as wheat and oats, can be found in most breads, cereals and crackers.
Avoid white or processed baked goods. Try substituting brown rice for white rice and
From grain to add to the list :.
Whole grain bread (whole wheat or seven grain)
Whole grain crackers
Whole grain cereal (such as Raisin Bran, All Bran or oatmeal)
Calcium is a very important nutrient for the body. Dairy products are high in calcium. Be careful though, and choose only the meager selection of dairy products such as low-fat or 2 percent milk cheese, low fat yogurt and skim milk.
Have a yogurt for breakfast or snacks (with extra granola or fruit) is a great way to get your daily requirement of milk. Another great snack or quick lunch would be to combine whole grain crackers with some low-fat cheese
For dairy aisle :.
2 percent (or lower fat) cheese
Meat, fish and protein
Proteins found in meat (including fish), beans and nuts. Choose lean meats like chicken or turkey. Adding fish at least once a week to your diet helps keep cholesterol in check and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Try replacing meat with beans. Beans are a great way to get the needed protein for the day without splurging on calories in meat.
Nuts, such as almonds and cashews, makes a great snack or addition to salad or meal.
Eggs also provides a healthy alternative to high fat meat.
Shopping for proteins, add:
Fish (any kind but wild provide better health benefits)
leather, white meat chicken or turkey
Beans (such as black, kidney or navy)