Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

This is not it.

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If you’ve seen the commercials for some of these products, you may believe that they are healthy. Not true. Most of these types of products are marketed as ‘filling’ or ‘healthy’ in some way. But in reality, many have as much sugar as a candy bar. Not to mention all of the other random crap in them. They are devoid of many nutrients. This goes for a LOT more than what I captured in this photo the other day while I was grocery shopping.

Now, if you use things like these (granola bars, snack bars, pop tarts) because you need snacks or quick options, I have good news. You can still eat more healthfully and still quickly with some slightly different choices. Check the health food/organic isle for snack bars. Personally, I find the Lara Bars the most delish. And they’re not made with a bunch of junk, instead it’s got real foods in it. Imagine that. Check that isle for other snacks too. Just remember that things like chips are still chips even if they’re organic. :)

Other quick grab & go snacks that are way more healthy than the options in the picture:

* Individual organic chocolate milk

* Greek yogurt (get the real stuff, like Chobani, Fage, or the icelandic versions)

* 1 ounce cheese (cut off the servings when you buy the cheese and individually wrap so they’re easy to grab) with Nut Thins (Crackers made from almonds, not wheat! And SO yummy!)

* Fruit

* Leftovers (When you make a healthy meal for dinners, double the recipes and package up the leftovers into smaller containers so you can take them as snacks or lunches, etc)

I’d love to know, do you buy any of the items in the photo? If so, do you buy them because you thought they were healthy – or at least not ‘unhealthy’?

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  1. #1 by onlineghostwriterforhire on May 28, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Amy, you are awesome! It’s wonderful that you are helping others! Keep up the great job!

  2. #2 by Stephanie Fox Williams on June 17, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Wow…who would have known?? So many people don’t know to read the label. That’s one valuable lesson I’ve learned that is a must. Read the label to find out what’s really in the product, mostly. Also, make sure to check the serving size. You’d be surprised at how small the “healthy” serving is. Too many people are mislead into thinking they can eat however much they want because it’s “organic” and therefore should be healthy and low cal. Sadly you don’t depend completely on the label either. Thanks for helping to educate us, Amy!

    • #3 by Amy Romero on June 19, 2012 - 5:38 pm

      It’s a shame there’s so much to look at. Wouldn’t it be great if everything was just simple on labels??? :) Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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