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Grocery Shopping Tips
Lesson No. 1: Protein Powder Doesn’t Mix Well With Beer
Mixing protein powder with beer isn’t actually a magical potion that will allow me to get my drink on AND maintain a chiseled body.
Lesson No. 2: Beware Of Preservatives [shiver]
In the nutrition world, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is completely wrong. You don’t realize how many strange things you’re putting in your body until you look at the labels of everything you pick up.
Find stuff with the lowest sodium content and sugar content possible. If there’s a long list of unrecognizable -ines , -oses, or syrups behind what you’re buying, put it back on the shelf.
It takes a little extra looking around, but you can definitely find options without all that extra junk.
Getting your almond or peanut butter fresh from the machine means no junky preservatives.
Lesson No. 3: Chicken versus Turkey Is the Ultimate Lean-Meat Battle
Most of us lean-meat-savvy types know both chicken and turkey are healthy meat sources, but apparently chicken does a little bit better at holding flavor, so keep that in mind. Of course, you won’t be dissatisfied with the flagship Thanksgiving bird when you try the 3-bean Turkey Chili.
One thing to remember is that white is the healthier meat, so stay away from the dark side, if you catch my drift. And as far as lean cuts of red meat go, a London broil is your best bet.
For fish, tilapia is the best lean option. It has the added benefit of being very versatile for different dishes and cooking styles.
Lesson No. 4: Turns Out Baby Food Isn’t Off-limits To Adults
Most baby foods don’t contain as many additives and syrup as the regular pureed brands for adults, and they are conveniently portioned for baking.
Lesson No. 5: Almond Milk Does a Body Good
Some of us are lactose intolerant, and some of us aren’t sure about the estrogenic issues associated with soy milk. But wait, almond milk escapes both those hiccups? Great!
Almonds have a delicious taste and plenty of healthy fats and protein, but watch out for all those added sweeteners in flavored almond milks.
There are plenty for everyone—go nuts!
Lesson No. 6: Always Take A Recipe Or Ingredient List With You To The Store
Knowing what you’re after will help eliminate impulse buys or any other unnecessary purchases.
Lesson No. 7: Eat The Whole Fruit And Nothing But The Fruit
We all love trail mixes and cereals with some good dried fruit in it every once in awhile, but dried fruits contain a lot of extra sugar.
Whole fruit is almost always the better choice.
So fresh and so good!
Lesson No. 8: Chips Are Chips
Whether chips are organic, there are definitely some unhealthy additives in those bags to extend the shelf life. This
tip probably didn’t surprise you.
However, you might be happy to know that homemade pita chips are a healthy alternative to your corn/potato varieties.
Lesson No. 9: Exploit The X Factor
Ever heard of xylitol? It’s usually found in chewing gum, but it’s a great natural sweetener for baking. So if you’re looking to cut down on that extra sugar but still want something to give your food some sweet flavor, xylitol is a great option.
Jamee did mention not to overindulge on xylitol because you might end up with some tummy issues–everything in moderation. Another natural sweetener option is organic honey, which is full of antioxidants and plenty sweet.
As for agave nectar, even though it is labeled as low glycemic, it’s still a derivative of fructose and will cause a slight rise in blood sugar.
Sweetening your food without negatively affecting your blood sugar is a win-win scenario!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Natural Sweeteners
Lesson No. 10: Baking With Oat Flour Is Delicious And Nutritious
Oat flour is a great choice for baking because it’s less refined than most flours. You can conveniently make your own by simply grinding oats in a blender.
All oats are typically gluten-free, but even if it’s not labeled as such, there’s a chance that it may have been contaminated in packaging. So if you’re concerned about this issue, look for the gluten-free label.
And if you’re interested in meals with some help from these tips here you go….