When you decide to start eating healthier, you will start to become more aware of the choices you are making each time you build a meal.
Grocery shopping can be daunting a confusing. So many different food labels with buzz words and health claims that may or may not be factual.
And so on!
How do you decipher all of the information and mid information swimming around you at the grocery?
Well, choosing only plant-based foods is your first right choice! Great job!
Here are some other helpful things to look consider when searching for the most health-promoting foods:
No packaging at all.
The healthiest foods in the grocery don’t come in containers and boxes. They are the fresh produce and bulk bin staples. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes in their natural form are ALWAYS the best choice.
If you’re new to the produce selection, you may be thinking “what do I choose?”. First of all, I encourage you to try new fruits or veggies that you’ve never had before. Maybe you’ll find something new that you love! As a plus, you’ll be giving your bod some a new combo of nutrients it has never experienced. To pick the most nutrient-dense food, choose fruits and veg that have naturally bright or deep colors. The color of the plant indicates the concentration of nutrients in it. The deeper or brighter, the more nutritious. That’s how you can tell that kale is healthier than iceberg lettuce. Or that berries have more vitamins than apples.
On packaged foods, look for minimal ingredients.
I’m talking 1-5 ingredients that are all things you recognize and can picture. Salsa should be tomatoes, veggies, spices, and salt. Tortillas should be corn or flour and water. (apparently my mind is on Mexican food today😍)This means that the product, although made for you, is less processed and has less weird chemicals in it. When looking at things like chips, crackers, cereals, soups, and other packages foods, always go for the one with the least ingredients.
Read the food label. Pay special attention to added sugars, and avoid them.
Companies have to label how much added sugar is in a product as a subset of total sugar. Some sugar is natural, and that is fine, especially if it’s in a minimally processed plant food. Added sugars, though, are quickly metabolized and are a main cause of lots of health problems that most Americans deal with.
Your body needs sodium to help with hydration and electrolyte balance, but you don’t want to hit your body with too much at one time. It can. Cause bloating and water retention that make weight loss more difficult.
Remember, by choosing a plant based diet, you are already making huge gains for your health.
Make sure you follow these guidelines most of the time and your body will thank you!