When picking packaged foods, it is important to read the labels. This may be time consuming but worthwhile. To save time, consider focusing especially on foods low in sugar, low in salt and high in protein. Steer clear of anything containing high fructose corn syrup that’s an unnecessary sugar additive. Why do we even want sugar ? Foods with the fewest ingredients are greatest. If you do not know what an ingredient is, odds are it’s not great for you.
Marketing techniques labeling foods as Lite, gluten free, wheat or healthy may not always be the healthiest option. As an educated consumer you need to be aware of the difference. Many so called”wheat” goods might not be whole grain or made from whole wheat. Wheat flour, unbleached wheat flour, multigrain, improved, and stone-ground wheat germ are other methods of saying”refined white flour.”
To save you some time at the grocery store, I have compiled a list of packed healthy foods that could also help you save money. Here are 6 packed foods that I recommend:
1. Canned beans. Opt for the salt version if you can. Always rinse the beans thoroughly to wash off any unnecessary salt. Try to prevent beans with sauce or refried beans which tend to be high in sodium.
2. vegetables. Steamables are a wonderful choice when you are in a rush or simply too tired to cook. They are fast and simple and give you little clean up. They can be expensive, so stock up when they are on sale. I have found them available for as little or near $1 per bag.
3. Frozen berries. Not only are they delicious, but could really help save you money. It makes a sweet sauce that is natural. Occasionally we thaw them in the microwave, which makes them somewhat warm to pour over our sandwiches. It gives it a flavor that is almost like a crepe.
4. Nut butter. It takes a while to stir, but if you keep it in the fridge, you shouldn’t need to stir it .
5. Unsweetened instant oatmeal can be thrown in the microwave for a fast & healthy breakfast.
6. This is a fast and inexpensive source of protein. I package my tuna salad with a lot of vegetables like celery, onions, carrots, vinegar, pepper and olive oil mayonnaise (it tastes the same as the real thing without adding as much fat and calories).
When picking pre-packaged foods only remember, marketing can be deceptive. The fewer ingredients, the more natural the item. Search for whole wheat flour as a primary ingredient when picking whole grain foods. Try to steer clear of processed foods which are high in sugar, sodium or include high fructose corn syrup.