Have you checked out your local supermarket lately?
The grocery landscape is changing at lightning speed! Gone are the days of neon lights and long grocery lines. In-store experiences like cooking demonstrations and beer tastings along with services like online shopping and in-store dietitians have really enhanced the grocery experience. In this changing world, how can you be confident that you are making nutritious choices for you and your family?
Start by filling your cart with fruits and vegetables. The more colors your cart contains, the wider variety of nutrients your body will benefit from.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Red: raspberries, red peppers, strawberries
- Orange: clementine, carrots, butternut squash
- Green: leafy greens, avocado, kiwi
- Yellow: pineapple, bananas, yellow peppers
- Purple: purple cabbage, eggplant, grapes
If you often find yourself throwing away spoiled produce, start creating a weekly meal plan. This way you will only buy what you need and use up your fruits and vegetables before they go bad.
Once your cart is filled with fruits and vegetables then make wise choices about proteins, dairy, grains and fats. One tool that can help you to identify wise choices is Guiding Stars – a nutrition guidance program that rates the nutritional quality of food. Use stars to guide you towards foods with more vitamins, minerals, fiber, whole grains, and omega-3’s and less saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, added sugar and artificial colors. Look for the stars!
Still have questions about eating to manage a health condition or to reach a nutritional goal? Connect with an in-store Nutritionist. Having the help of a trained nutrition professional can make navigating the aisles even easier. Visit our nutritionist page to find a Nutritionist.