If you’re like me, you’re probably getting excited about the change in seasons. We’ve made it to spring and summer, bikini season, is peeking its head right around the corner.You know what that means don’t you?
Nutrients are locked in with frozen fruits and vegetables and some studies believe frozen foods may offer more available nutrients compared to non-frozen foods.
You got it, bikinis, shorts and sleeveless shirts! You know what else that means?
No? Allow me to tell you. It means you’re eating has to be on point! Yes, in order feel and look great for the summer, you need to ensure you’re eating healthy and it starts with what you place in your grocery cart!
I know the grocery store can be intimidatining to navigate what’s really healthy, but by applying these five tips, you will be on your way to healthier and more fit summer body!
Follow these 5 tips to successfully navigate the grocery store:
1. STAY NEAR THE PRODUCE AREA
The produce area is usually the first area you encounter in most grocery stores (and usually the largest). In this area you will discover a rainbow of colorful from fruits and vegetables and other healthy products. The variety of colors you will discover in this area reflect the different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrient content of each fruit or vegetable. Stay in this area the longest.
2. DON’T STAY TOO LONG
When shopping for breads, cereals, and pasta, don’t spend too much time in these areas. When choosing these items, choose the least processed foods that are made from whole grains. For example, regular oatmeal is preferable to over instant oatmeal. Whole Grain non-enriched is better than Whole Grain enriched bread.
3. CHOOSE FROZEN
Nutrients are locked in with frozen fruits and vegetables and some studies believe frozen foods may offer more available nutrients compared to non-frozen foods. It is important to mention that all frozen foods aren’t healthy. Therefore, be aware of seasoned vegetables and frozen diet meals; these items are known to be high in sodium.
4. LIMIT CANNED AND BOXED FOODS
Canned and boxed foods are typically higher in sodium than non-boxed or canned food items. These foods have added sodium and preservatives to lengthen their shelf-life. Therefore use sparingly.
5. LIMIT YOUR AMOUNT OF SUGAR FREE FOODS
Although sugar free foods have less calories, these food items contain sugar alcohols, which are known for causing gastric stress. Therefore use sparingly and try Stevia or Truvia which are plant based sugars instead.
Don’t let all of the marketing hype fool you. Be on the lookout for products that claim to be healthy!