Aisles of the Grocery Store

As a general rule of thumb, the perimeter of a grocery store has healthier, fresher, and less processed food items.  Most foods – some still have hidden sugars like pre-made salad dressings and sauces – are healthy and fresh.

The middle aisles carry more processed foods such as chips, crackers, packaged cookies, condiments which tend to be high in sodium.  These typically contain preservatives which are a chemical or additives to keep them on the shelves longer – shelf stable products to last longer.1

Although, not all middle aisles are bad.  There are whole grain pastas, rice, canned and dried beans, canned tomato products (just watch out for sodium), broth and stock, nuts, seeds, spices, seasonings – still being essential grocery items.2

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Flavor Up Your Water

Infused water – add flavor to your water to enhance and look fancy!  This also can add vitamins and minerals, while making for yummy snacks after the water is gone.  Refrigerate your flavored water overnight or the morning of.  One of my favorite things to do is freeze ice cubes with a berry and/or mint in each cube compartment.  Also freeze straight lemon or orange juice to add to water or sparkling beverages.  Have fun with it!!  

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Helpful Holiday Eating Pt. 1

How do you want to feel going into the new year?  What habits do you want to form or remove from daily life?  When making changes, start small, set a few realistic goals.  These can be eating smaller portion sizes, experimenting with Meatless Mondays, or adding one (1) vegetable to each meal…..and yes breakfast also.  The goal is to stick with your changes long term and make adjustments as needed.

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