Healthy Eating: Time to Spring Clean Your Grocery List by @Deb_Lowther

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There is an interesting correlation between what we buy at the grocery store and what we eat.  It turns out if we buy bags of cookies and bottles of fruit punch, that is what we will ultimately find to eat and drink when hunger and thirst hits.

If we stock the pantry with sugary cereals and packaged muffins, that is what our kids will choose for breakfast and snack time. It makes sense then that by changing up our shopping habits – just a little – that  we can increase the chances of our family eating healthier

This spring, give your shopping list and grocery cart a makeover and choose wisely when staring at the options on store shelves.  By tweaking what you already buy and reaching for the healthier version of family favorites, you can improve everyone’s eating habits.

Spring Clean Your Shopping List: Top 20 Healthy Buys

Buy real fruit NOT fruit snacks, leathers or fruit cups.

Buy fresh or frozen vegetables NOT canned.

Buy whole grain bread, bagels and wraps NOT white bread.

Buy cheddar cheese NOT cheese slices.

Buy natural peanut butter NOT hydrogenated oil peanut butter.

Buy maple syrup NOT artificial syrup.

Buy granola bars based on protein content NOT chocolate and marshmallow content.

Buy steel cut oats and NOT prepackaged just-add-water oatmeal.

Buy whole grain pasta NOT artificially flavoured just-add water packages.

Buy skinless chicken breasts NOT battered wings.

Buy lean ground turkey NOT hamburger.

Buy real fish fillets NOT battered sticks in a box.

Buy tuna packed in water NOT oil.

Buy plain milk NOT premixed chocolate milk.

Buy full fat or greek yogurt NOT aspartame, flavoured and coloured tubes.

Buy whole grain cereal low sugar NOT coloured fruity, chocolate o’s.

Buy 100% juice NOT punch, cocktails or anything labeled a sport drink.

Buy real potatoes NOT canned, flaked or boxed.

Buy almonds, dried fruit and plain whole grain cereal for on-the-go snacks NOT shaped crackers.

Buy ingredients to make healthy muffins & cookies NOT pre packaged and processed ones.

This spring, change a few of your shopping habits and fill your grocery cart with healthier options and your family will enjoy the benefits of healthier eating!

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About Author

Deb Lowther is a writer, runner, wife and mom of 3. When not running in the trails, Deb is running after the kids and ensuring her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active together. After selling their first company in 2015, the Lowthers' launched Element Nutrition and are now focused on creating nutritional products for the Boomer generation with Boomer Nutrition, and healthier kids Snack Bars with IronKids Nutrition. Deb inspires healthy families through numerous articles in print and online, encouraging others to enjoy a healthy diet, stay active and not be afraid to try new things.   Follow Deb on Twitter @Deb_Lowther 

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