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Always Something New at the Store

November 1, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Today's blog is written by Melodie Yong. As some of you might already know, Melodie is the Global BC Morning News dietitian.

Today, she shares with us more healthy eating tips through our Virtual Grocery Store, where she’s the host of our online videos. Thanks for contributing as a guest blogger Melodie!

Enjoying food and grocery shopping are some of my favourite past times. You truly are what you eat and it starts at the grocery store.

Although I’m a dietitian I don’t know everything about food. There’s always something new hitting the market, so I learn each time I shop. Here are some little known facts I’d like to share.

Frozen vegetables – take a look to find out WHERE the vegetables are from. They’re not always locally processed. You’ll be surprised at how far those veggies can end up travelling. Just as it’s true with fresh produce, frozen veggies processed closer to home are less costly.

Bread – check out the ingredient listing on that loaf. There’s quite a difference between loaves when it comes to the number of ingredients and amount of fibre and sodium content.

Brown vs white eggs? Did you know that the colour of the shell has nothing to do with an egg’s nutritional value or quality?

When it comes to maximizing protein and keeping the food bill low, tofu is a great meat alternative. The firmer the tofu, the more soybeans are packed into it, meaning the protein content goes up. Next time you do a stir fry – try cutting back on the meat by 50% and adding in some firm tofu.

Did you know that not all club sodas are created equal when it comes to sodium content? There can be a huge difference in sodium depending on the brand. Check the label carefully.

For many more tips on navigating through the grocery store, be sure to check out ‘Shopping Sense’ at Healthy Families BC. This virtual grocery store will help you make healthier choices, save money on your food bill and store food safely. Learn about the best choices through videos, interactive features and articles detailing each section of the store.

What did you learn on your last trip to the store?

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