When it comes to shopping healthy, quality is everything. Don't worry about counting calories, carbs, protein, or fat grams. That will tell you nothing about the quality of a product. Plus, counting calories or anything else for that matter is boring and time consuming.
When looking at a product, the first thing you should look at are the ingredients. The ingredient list will be the number one indicator of quality.
- Less Ingredients Are Best
- Choose Real Ingredients That You Can Pronounce
- Avoid Processed Corn, Canola, Soy, Whey, Palm Oil & Artificial Ingredients
- Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (Processed Corn Sugar)
- Avoid Hydrogenated Oils (Trans-Fat)
- Avoid “Natural Flavors”
Instead of processed coffee mate creamer that contains high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, choose a coconut milk creamer or organic half and half. Instead of shredded cheese in a package that contains preservatives and non-clumping agents, buy a good quality organic cheese or goat’s milk cheese and shred it yourself. Instead of Miracle Whip get a mayonnaise made with avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil. Instead of butter made with Greek yogurt, canola oil, and artificial ingredients, stick to the real deal like butter made from grass fed cows or switch to organic virgin coconut oil.
When we give our body the right ingredients it knows what to do. Plus, we don't have to worry about overeating when we choose better quality foods. Example: if you eat an apple, how many apples do you eat? How often do you overeat broccoli?
Remember that manufacturers put these buzz words on packages to get you to buy it! Of course, foods without a nutrition label will be the best option. Focus on majority of your food choices coming from the center two green circles of the Food Target.