The kitchen can be a scary place for people who have never really tried to cook or people who feel nervous about trying their hand at something new. Regardless of whether you are an expert cook or a novice, there are certain basic rules you need to follow to ensure all your cooking is healthy. What we need to understand is the importance of shopping right. If we do not pay attention to what we bring home from the grocery store, every good intention for healthy cooking goes out the door.
The following tips will help serve as guidelines for healthy grocery shopping leading to healthy cooking and ultimately keeping fit. Here’s how you can make the right choices in every department of your favorite supermarket.
Spend the maximum amount of time in the produce section; this area is generally the first section one encounters when entering the store. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables, the more colors the better. Colors equate to different vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in the fruit or vegetable.
Moving on to meats and fish, try to follow the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat fish at least twice a week. Salmon is one of the healthiest fishes available, an excellent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, not too fishy and relatively affordable. Choose lean cuts when buying your meats sirloin and tenderloin for example. Poultry should be skinless and you need to wash it thoroughly to remove the fatty bits sticking to the chicken.
Breads, pastas and cereals need to be part of our regular diet and it is recommended that we choose the foods that are least processed and made from whole grains. While instant oatmeal is a whole grain and a good choice, regular oatmeal is more preferable from the health aspect.
Stock up on canned and dry foods; they come in handy when you run out of vegetables to add to salads, pastas and soups. Make sure to buy vegetables without any additives like salt. Buy tuna packed in water minus the high salt content and fruits packed in juice rather than syrup. As much as possible, opt for fresh produce. Buy olive oil or canola oil for healthy cooking.
Yoghurt is a very healthy food and can be added to salads or fresh fruit to make a tasty dessert. Avoid store bought fruit yoghurts make your own instead; it’s a lot healthier.