Good food and your family’s health is as simple as taking 5 small steps:
- Buying organic when you can. If you eat any of the following more often than not, I suggest change to buying them organic. These are the top contaminated fruits and veggies: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, grapes, bell pepper, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.
- Choose natural. Buy free-range chicken, beef, pork lamb etc. This is meat raised on a natural diet, hormone and additive free. If your meat portion is usually the largest portion on your plate, try only eating 5-7oz or less with each meal.
- Read Labels. This takes practice but is very important. Unfortunately, most people believe what the packaging says i.e all natural etc. Reading the full label of all ingredients will give you a better idea of additives and preserving agents that could be harmful to your family’s health. My rule is anything over a handful of ingredients – steer clear; and if you can’t pronounce it or know what it is, more than likely it’s not good for you.
- Shop the perimeter of your grocery store first. Most grocery stores are set up with bulk and whole foods on the perimeter and the deeper you go into the aisles the more processed it gets.
- Whole foods. As you move inward down the aisles of the grocery store, choose products that are whole – such as whole grains, unbleached and unrefined.
TIPS: for purchasing canned beans, veggies and fruits.
Look for canned in water not syrup
Look for low sodium
Buy frozen veggies before you buy canned (most of the essential nutrients are lost in canned veggies and fruit)
Choose organic when you can
Naturally, it is better for you to not buy canned anything and make these items yourself. I will have some wonderful recipes very soon. You will be able to plan your meals ahead using whole foods, making grocery shopping a breeze and using these steps will be easier. Stay Tuned!