Hey everyone! Wanna build a better basket like ours?!
Thanks to @sam_lortron and @sara_mckinney for their awesome baskets! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a little bit! Things have been super hectic with school and all! But no worries – I am back and can’t wait to help you BUILD A BETTER BASKET! So if you haven’t had the pleasure of going to the grocery store with me I will give you the low down: I’m THAT person. I am one to stand in the middle of the aisle and compare multiple nutrition labels. For me personally it comes down to one thing: am I putting food into my body that will produce the results I want to see. At times (cough cough special occasions) I indulge like the vast majority of people do – why? Well, frankly because I can and what’s life without a little stomach pain. So that being said you will typically see a bag of pretzel M&Ms in my grocery cart once…….or twice a month. Now – back to business! My number one tip for building a better basket: shop the perimeter. It really doesn’t get much more simplistic than that – but let’s face it some of our favorite items that we claim we can’t live without are on those aisles shelves. So I’ve compiled just a few pictures on mine and Whitney Stream’s most recent shopping date to get you to start thinking:
Chips! So there are healthier options: the top two things I look at here are the ingredients and serving size. The lighter and healthier option: real veggies to dip and scoop!
What I look at when judging cereals: the ingredients, serving size, amount of fiber, amount of whole grain, sugar content. The more nutrient dense option: overnight steel cut oats or make your own cereal with mixed fruit, granola and milk.
Tips here: go for the darker color (this is an indicator of more nutrients). Yes it’s in a bag but you get the point. A few other great leafs to sub into your salad: kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce and arugala.
Ahhhhh butter. The biggest thing here is to look at the ingredient list (no seriously that’s my challenge to you – go read these labels). If you’re going to use it, why not enjoy the deliciousness of the real thing?
This is more of a healthful tip: why use regular bread when you have the same concept with fewer calories? Now – if you’re trying to put on weight ignore this little tid-bit.
The tip here: go for the label that says 100% juice. If you want more volume to your drink than the serving size of 4 oz then cut it with water and bam! Also pay attention to the ingredients (why but artificial/natural flavors to a fruit drink – shouldn’t it be the concentrate and water?)
Ok in my opinion: if you’re drinking diet you’re already doing yourself a world of good for subbing it for the real deal. Now if you care to take that next step to wean yourself off it try carbonated water!
50% of your grains should be whole.What else do you wanna know? A product that I was just informed of by one of my patients with diabetes is a maker called Dreamfields…it has a little more fiber and protein than your run of the mill whole grain pasta which will help keep you fuller longer!
The take-home message here: eat real, whole foods. I’m all about having a few quick items on hand but try to not make it a habit. Speaking of quick items (if you can take a few minutes out of your day you can make a delicious granola bar or trail mix and have it in a ready to go plastic bag! – NO EXCUSES!)
I look at: calories, protein, and ingredients. Yes my current favorite yogurt brand has a sugar additive however it satisfies my taste buds since the others don’t.
So remember to listen to what your body is telling you and eat for the health of it!