Grocery Smarts Right Vs Wrong Food Choices At The Supermarket
Popcorn or potato chips?
If you’re looking for low-fat snack ideas, should you choose popcorn or chips for movie night? As long as it’s the right kind of popcorn, you can take it. Popcorn contains whole wheat fiber, and it is naturally low in fat. Just keep it that way, by chewing the air popped variety. Buttered popcorn will increase your fat and calorie intake.
Compared to regular popcorn, chips cooked in oil are high in fat and calories. Add garlic salt or herbs to your popcorn to enhance the flavor. Most people in the U.S. don’t consume enough fiber on a daily basis. Add air-popped popcorn as a high-fiber, low-fat snack.
Oatmeal or bran cereal?
Looking for something low-fat to eat for breakfast? It’s a win for bran cereal. While oatmeal provides whole grains and fiber, it is often high in fat and calories, and may contain added sugars. It’s best to reserve oatmeal as a topping for yogurt or a bowl of fruit.
Choose whole grain cereal instead, which also provides plenty of fiber and some protein. Choose a sugar-free variety to reduce your carbohydrate intake. Adding skim milk can make bran cereal a low-fat, high-protein snack.
Ice cream or jelly?
On a hot summer day, should you choose ice cream or sorbet to cool down? Just choose ice cream. Traditional ice cream is very high in saturated fat and calories. You can enjoy the same amount of sorbet with less than 50% of the calories of the same portion of ice cream. Sorbet also contains about 80% less fat and 40% less sugar than the same amount of ice cream. Sorbet, frozen yogurt, and light ice cream are other low-fat snack ideas that are better for your fat and calories than traditional ice cream.
Toppings for pizza
Traditional pizza piled high in cheese, sausage and pepperoni is high in fat, calories and salt. But you can prepare it in a healthier way and make it a low-fat snack. Sprinkle low-fat cheese on top of your pizza, or use a soy-based cheese substitute. Use vegetables instead of sausage and pepperoni as toppings to add flavor and reduce fat. Garlic, bell peppers, olives, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil are a few options. Limit your concoction to one or two slices to avoid overloading the carbohydrates in your pizza crust.
Juice or Fruit Punch?
When you’re thirsty, should you drink fruit punch or old-fashioned orange juice? Please choose 100% natural orange juice. Fruit drinks are usually loaded with sugar and may have little to no fruit. This makes them very high in carbohydrates with no nutritional value. Pour yourself a 100% fruit juice. The whole fruit provides you with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to fight inflammation. You can even make smoothies at home with fruits and veggies in a good blender. It’s an easy way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake without a lot of effort.
Cheese sauce or hummus?
Hummus is the choice of choice! Cheese sauce is notoriously high in saturated fat and calories that will show up on your waistline. Dip your chips into hummus, which is made from high-fiber chickpeas. Beans are also high in protein, making hummus a high-protein, low-fat snack.
You can substitute cucumber slices, carrot sticks, or celery for the chips and dip them into the hummus for a low-carb, low-fat snack. If you want something more chip-like, reach for baked pita chips, which are lower in fat than traditional boiled potato chips.
What about Frozen TV dinners and meals?
If you’re like many people, you’re probably too tired to cook after a long day at work. Maybe you rely on frozen meals from time to time. That’s okay, as long as you choose the right kind. Frozen dinners full of fried foods with creamy or cheesy sauces are not a good idea. They exceed your fat, calorie and sodium intake. Instead, look for healthier frozen meals consisting of baked or cooked lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables. Many times, these frozen meals are labeled “lean” or “low-fat” so you can easily find them on the frozen shelves.
Healthier Pasta Meals.
Mac and cheese is a perennial favorite, but it will set you back in fat and calories. You can also eat pasta, just choose wisely. Whole grain and gluten-free pasta is a better choice than traditional white pasta. Tomato sauce is a better choice than cheese sauce to add to pasta. While you’re at it, add some chopped vegetables to the tomato sauce to add extra fiber and nutrients to your dish. Whole-wheat pasta topped with tomato sauce has about half the calories of macaroni and cheese in the same portion. Whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce also contains about 90% less fat than macaroni and cheese. One cup of whole wheat pasta is also a winner in the fiber department. It has 6 grams of fiber per cup, compared to 1 gram of fiber per cup in macaroni and cheese.
Fish sticks or shrimp fries?
Bread-covered fish sticks and shrimp are delicious, but they’re high in fat, calories, and sodium. You can still enjoy seafood, but regular frozen shrimp and prawns are a better choice because they are much lower in fat, calories, and sodium than their deep-fried counterparts. Skewer the shrimp and prawns and cook them on the grill. You can also dip them in a delicious low-calorie cocktail sauce. Add shrimp or prawns to pasta or stir-fries for a high-protein, low-fat snack.