8/15/2019

龙8娱乐app下载报道Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating_龙8娱乐app下载官网资讯

Written By Karen Deane imperfect-strawberries

I鈥檓 no saint when it comes to eating healthy. I鈥檓 a sucker for a bag of M&M鈥檚, and I LOVE Pringles (it is so true that once you pop you can鈥檛 stop!), but I鈥檓 trying to lead by example with my kids, and in turn, that has made me think twice about my food choices.

However, healthy eating isn鈥檛 always cost- or time-friendly. I love the idea of cooking everything from scratch, but as a full-time working mother of two, my main healthy eating aim is a colorful plate with at least two vegetable options 鈥 if not more. To do this, I鈥檝e found two strategies for smart grocery shopping: buying seasonal produce and visiting the imperfect picks section.

Seasonal Produce Is Tastier and Affordable

In the giant supermarkets of the capital city, most produce can be bought and consumed year-round, but it doesn鈥檛 mean it has to be. Certain fruits and veggies taste better and are more affordable during peak seasons. Mangoes, for example, may be available in the winter, but have you seen the price? From my experience:

  • Autumn is the time for pumpkin soup.
  • Brussel sprouts taste so much better after a frost and go perfect with a roast in winter.
  • Mandarins are the kick start of spring.
  • Cucumbers (so refreshing) are best served cold in the heat of summer.


Imperfect Produce Provides Teachable Moments

My favorite section in the supermarket is the imperfect picks. For those who are not familiar, some supermarkets take all the imperfect fruit and veggies that otherwise wouldn鈥檛 make the cut, put them into a different section and sell them at a reduced price. I love the imperfect picks for many reasons:

  • I want to teach my kids that produce come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Carrots don鈥檛 always look like they do in cartoons 鈥 orange and triangular.
  • By purchasing the imperfect picks, you鈥檙e reducing waste because they are likely discarded otherwise.
  • Imperfect picks are cheaper and taste just the same.


I want to be a good role model to my boys so they can learn that eating healthy doesn鈥檛 have to be a challenge, and vegetables can be yummy and fun (especially the two-pronged carrots that look like little people!). The balance as a parent is to make weekly shopping trips as affordable as possible, while providing simple easy meals for the family.

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