By: Alana Gold, Registered Dietitian
Picture the scenario: It’s 2004 and you vow to start the year off healthy. Your goal is to go to the grocery store and stock up on nutritious foods that can promote health and protect against disease. Although you have the best of intentions, as soon as you hit the cookie aisle, you give into temptation and unhealthy foods seem to rapidly creep back into your diet.
At Truestar we firmly believe you are what you eat! Fill your shopping cart with our list of delicious, nutritious foods so you can eat smart and be healthy this coming year.
1. Colorful fruits and vegetables: Red, green, orange, yellow and purple—more color means more variety of healthful nutrients and disease fighting compounds, such as antioxidants. Studies show that consuming 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help prevent and fight many diseases such as obesity, cancer and heart disease. Try berries, apples, oranges, leafy greens, carrots, squash, sweet potato and peppers.
2. Complex carbohydrates: 100% whole grain, whole wheat, oat bran, rye, spelt and kamut are complex carbohydrates that provide your body with the energy, B vitamins and fiber it needs. Look for breads, cereals, pastas and crackers that say “good source of fiber” or “high fiber”. Avoid simple carbohydrates such as white breads, crackers and other products made from white flour, which are stripped of their nutrients and fiber and are not a good source of nutrition.