How to Easily Spot Healthy Food and Keep You Cruising Down The Aisles
Seeking healthy food is an emotional and mental struggle. Many of us grew up on Happy Meals, sweet treats and tasty chips. And it’s still tempting for adults. So it’s hard not giving that same childhood we grew up on. I mean, who wouldn’t want a new toy after finishing a meal?
But we know better now. We know that these foods can lead to serious health problems.
No one wants their child to live a difficult life because of what they’re eating. Like worrying about them being bullied because of their weight.
But figuring out what to cook and buy can be a time consuming and confusing process. So I want to share 3 simple ways to make life easier. Because grocery shopping can turn into a nightmare for new health conscious parents fast.
When you finally reach the market you’re faced with a new challenge. Looking through the ingredients.
You may have heard this rule of thumb…
If you can’t pronounce it, then it’s bad right? WRONG!
Because even healthy words are hard to pronounce. Some manufacturers will list Cyanocobalamin (B12) and Phylloquinone (K1). These are chemical names for Vitamins.
It’s possible to learn these terms. But by the time you’re done looking at every ingredient of every item you want to buy you feel like you finished a novel. Time is running out and your patience has depleted.
What do you do?
Here’s 3 tips you can implement today.
Purge the pantry for practice
Make sure what you already have is healthy food. Instead of feeling bombarded at the grocery store, check out what you have at home first.
Start with the pantry. Collect items that have a long shelf life. Like cookies, bread and chips. They’ll most likely be tossed.
It might surprise you, that the fridge has some items to look out for too. Like frozen pizza and non dairy coffee creamer.
Now that you have a few things in hand, here’s what you need to look out for.
How to Spot the BADditives
You may think that you need to read every ingredient on the list to know if what you’re buying is good or bad. But there’s a simpler way that’s very effective.
It’s fast and efficient, and will keep you cruising through the supermarket aisles.
All you have to look out for are weight magnets. Foods that will weigh you down instead of keeping you healthy. These 2 are the most common ones to steer clear of.
Dr. Ian Smith of ‘The Doctors’ explains that “saturated simply means too much.” You don’t want too much of anything. Especially fats.
Look out for Hydrogenated oils and Partially Hydrogenated oils.
Trans fats help products last longer. But the reason why you want to stay far far away from these is because it contributes to heart disease and blood vessel disease.
Some foods have a “0 Trans Fats” label.
The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, actually allows this label when a serving contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fats. Tricky right?
Now you may want to quit everything cold turkey. But it’s okay to implement healthy food slowly. Start small by giving less at each time.
Dr. Ian Smith suggests in the Raising Amazing Podcast that the goal is to have less saturated fats than unsaturated fats.
Pro Tip: You can reduce looking at package labels all together and buy fresh, organic produce. If it’s packaged it probably has preservatives.
What Restaurants Don’t Want You to Know
Most restaurants that you know and love cook with saturated fats and trans fats. That’s because there are only a few oils that can withstand high temperatures. So almost all restaurants will use vegetable (hydrogenated) oil.
There’s only one way to feel confident that your food is healthy. Cook and eat using ingredients that you sourced yourself. Once you start flavoring your own dishes, you’ll realize how much salt and sugar are in some of your restaurant favorites.
These are 3 easy foundations for purchasing healthy food
Buy organic fruits and vegetables when possible. If it’s too pricey, start with the “dirty dozen.”
Purchase free-range eggs and lean meats. Grass-fed tastes better and is packed with more nutrition than grain-fed if you are a meat eater.
Replace grains like basmati, yellow or jasmine rice. Try quinoa and wild rice instead. Although they’re referred to as grains, they’re actually seeds. Delicious healthy alternatives.
As parents, we’re always striving to provide what’s best for our children. We monitor what our kids see and what they hear. But we can do better with what they put in their mouths.
Instead of playing 20+ word search at the market, keep it simple.
Practice on your pantry
Purge the pantry for practice
Get a little practice at home so you won’t feel as overwhelmed at the market.
And if the kids can’t find it, they can’t eat it.
Recognize the bad words of food
Trans fats, Saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils.
Leave restaurants for special occasions
Opt to stock up on delicious healthy food instead. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy seeds.
You’ll get the hang of it and the effort will be worthwhile. A happy tummy full of healthy food is a healthy happy body and family.