Eat for Health: A Peek Inside My Shopping Cart

4 Jul

Looking fit is partially about exercise, but has a tremendous amount to do with what you eat.  Diet plays a major factor in fitness, and selecting the right foods, as well as combinations of foods at the right times can go a long way toward health, physique and weight management.  All products are not created equally!  When choosing foods it’s best to make every attempt to eat one ingrediant whole foods.  Things that are not packaged or processed including fruits and veggies from the produce section, grains and legumes, lean meats, nuts and seeds and eggs.  Truth-be-told though, we are all going to buy some packaged products.  Sometimes it’s for convince, others times it’s simply because we like the item.

Below I’ve included items from my grocery basket.  Some I eat often, some only once in a while as more of an indulgence with a healthy flair.  This allows me to keep my diet very clean almost all the time.  Check out these items and give them a try.  If you are currently eating a similar products check the labels and compare.  The items I have on here a known to many to be excellent healthy options.

Jennie-O Extra Lean 99/1 Turkey:  This is great on the grill as turkey burgers or chopped, cooked in a pan with PAM and served over a sweet potato.  Typically I season it with a little garlic powder or fresh garlic cloves.

 

 

 

Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Seeds:  These are delicious and nutritious.  Serve them in Greek Yogurt or in a protein shake.  My friend Bath Katz makes the best homemade guacamole with fresh avocados and includes these.

 

 

 

 

Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter: All this contains is raw almonds.  There is no added salt and no added sugar.  It tastes great served on the brown rice cakes featured below and topped with blueberries.  You can add it to smoothies, serve it on Ezekiel bread or eat a tablespoon plain.  If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s www.traderjoes.com  near you simply read the label to ensure the only ingredient is almonds.  The same goes if you are eating peanut butter.  Find a brand that has only peanuts.

 

 

 Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cake: Brown rice cakes are easily portable.  Select brown rice rather than white and check to make sure there is not added sugar.

 

 

 

 

 Starkist Albacore White Tuna in Water: A great recipe for tuna, mix Fage Greek Yogurt with spices, celery, jicama and the tuna and serve on Ezekiel bread.    travel with this tuna and add it to salads if you are eating out.  Tuna contains a good amount of protein, which is essential to include in your diet.

 

 

 

Food for Life 100% Whole Grain Ezekiel Bread: If you are going to eat bread stay away from the white!  Ezekiel bread is excellent topped with chicken and veggies, tuna and nut butter.  This also comes in a low sodium variety.

 

 

 

Manischewitz Balsamic Vinegar: This is a great alternative to high calorie dressings.

 

 

 

 

Green Giant Butternut Squash: This comes in a steamable bag so it’s easy to prepare.  It’s delicious with cinnamon sprinkled in top.

 

 

 

 

Endangered Species All-Natural Dark Chocolate: If you are going to indulge, dark chocolate is a better option that other varieties.  These small squares are the perfect portion ensuring you don’t eat too much.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully this offers a few ideas for you next time you’re at the store.  I’m always looking for good options so please feel free to share your favorites!

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2 Responses to “Eat for Health: A Peek Inside My Shopping Cart”

  1. Maxwell Parker July 9, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    I just enjoy to eat chocolates particularly the dark chocolates because they taste delicious. Chocolates can also benefit your overall health.`:,”*

    • The Modern Me July 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      I always choose dark chocolate as well when I need something sweet. Definitely my weakness : ) Try freezing small dark chocolate chips.

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