Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Visual Aid for the Clean Eater

1. Apples

1st Choice (Natural State): Apple
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): Applesauce
Limit (Highly Processed): Apple toaster pastry
Shopping Tip: While applesauce is a healthy choice, it has fewer nutrients than a whole apple - and generally added preservatives

2. Oranges

1st Choice (Natural State): Orange
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): 100% orange juice
Limit (Highly Processed): Orange drink
Shopping Tip: Many fruit drinks contain high fructose corn syrup and little real juice.

3. Strawberries

1st Choice (Natural State): Fresh strawberries
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): Strawberry preserves ( a lot of sugars! )
Limit (Highly Processed): Strawberry gelatin dessert
Shopping Tip: Gelatin desserts usually contain artificial strawberry flavor, not real fruit.

4. Peaches

1st Choice (Natural State): Peach
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): Canned peaches in 100% juice
Limit (Highly Processed): Canned peaches in heavy syrup
Shopping Tip: Fruit canned in heavy syrup has more sugar and calories than fresh fruit.

5. Turkey

1st Choice (Natural State): Whole turkey
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): Deli turkey
Limit (Highly Processed): Store-bought turkey meatballs
Shopping Tip: If you buy turkey and other meats at the deli counter, ask for brands free of fillers and nitrates.

6. Beef

1st Choice (Natural State): Grass-fed beef
2nd Choice (Somewhat Processed): Grain-fed beef
Limit (Highly Processed): Frozen beef patties
Shopping Tip: Grass-fed meat is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than grain-fed beef.