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Nov|Dec 2016

Tips for Healthy Shopping

Don’t shop on an empty stomach.

Plan out your meals and consider fitting in leftovers on those busy nights.

Get your frozen and refrigerated items before shopping the middle isles. This routine will limit the amount of time you spend in these sections.

Shop fruits and veggies that are in season (check out Nutrition). They will be affordable and delicious.

As you learn to shop healthy, bring your children to show them how.

Always shop with a list and stick to it.

Shop the outer perimeter of the store for your fresh healthy items.

Avoid flashy displays. The foods should sell themselves, not their packaging.

Look at the labels. Try to use a general rule of thumb that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you probably should find a healthier option.

The baby test: if you have a question as to whether a food is healthy, just decide if you would feed it to an infant.

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Holiday Season Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you are a foodie. But is it possible to eat healthy at all these holiday parties and actually enjoy the tastes of the season? It sure is, and here are some foods to target:

Start with the veggie tray – aim for anti-inflammatory peppers and cauliflower, anti-aging carrots, and celery that will aid your digestion.

Shrimp cocktail – small in size but big on protein to keep you full longer. As an added bonus, they promote a strong immune system.

Brushetta – tomatoes + olive oil is the healthy combo. Tomatoes have anti-oxidants to ward off heart disease and olive oils have healthy fats.

Smoked salmon – salmon is chock full of Omega-3s to help your heart and skin stay healthy.

Salsa – this is one healthy dip. Tomatoes, peppers & lime are low in calories, high in fiber & anti-oxidants, and contain vitamin A & C.

Red wine – this is a good choice (in moderation) to lower blood pressure and promote overall heart health.