Shopping for healthy food is a priority for most of us. We want to buy fresh, nutritious and nourishing food that complements our bodies and accentuates our health. We want to eliminate buying the high-carb, high-calorie junk food that does nothing for us. Although our intentions may be in the right place, the aisles of supermarkets loaded with largely inappropriate food with attractive packaging and enticing schemes, lure us (or maybe those are the marketing gimmicks!) and we give in. It is when we are in our kitchens unpacking the shopping bags, that we realize the scale of the blunder we have made. The big bags of fries and the multi-litre bottles of cola make us feel guilty! Yet when we shop again, we commit the same mistakes all over again.
For those of us who have wished to beat the design and shop more judiciously, I have a trick-sheet. A super-list of healthy foods that will help you shop for the best foods in all categories. As a health coach, I frequently get asked for advice on healthy eating, and my response is always the same – “buy healthy, and you will eat healthy”. And, that is true, isn’t it? So, give this list a try and maybe, for once, come home jubilant.
Organic food is free of artificial additives of any kind, like fertilizers, pesticides, ripening agents and food irradiation. Food growers support sustainable practices and no genetically modified ingredients are used while growing this type of food. However, since policies, that govern what is categorized as organic food, differ from country to country, it is important to not blindly pick a product just because it is labelled so.
All supermarkets have a section dedicated to the Organic variety. A range of products like honey, energy bars, lentils and pulses, spices and condiments, as well as rice and flours, are available here.
These are essentially plant-based foods that are to be consumed in their natural state, completely unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined very little. For example – partaking the whole fruit, instead of only consuming the juice. Animal products, like dairy or eggs, are not considered whole food.
The fresh ‘fruits and vegetables’ aisle is the best place to find whole foods in a supermarket. While making your purchase consider the environmentally safe and sustainably sourced food products in this category.
The gut flora, a thriving community of good bacteria that line the gut and are responsible for improving the health of the digestive system as well as the immune system, feed on probiotic food. Foods such as kefir, kombucha, salted gherkins, apple cider vinegar, raw cheese, kvass and tempeh are a few products in this category, apart from the known probiotic milk and yoghurt.
The placement of these products is more distributed in the supermarkets, with no specific aisles dedicated to this category. It helps if you carry a shopping list with the probiotic products of your choice highlighted.
Foods with uncommonly high nutrient density are especially beneficial for our health. They help us recharge, revitalize and revive. It is no wonder then that these foods have their own dedicated category.
Broccoli and spinach, blueberries and goji berries, almonds, chia seeds, flaxseed, yoghurt and cinnamon are all superstar superfoods with incredible health value.
Related Reading: Here’s an article that lists the top 15 superfoods across all varieties. Take a look!
Biodynamic agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, that is gaining widespread popularity. It includes various esoteric concepts, and treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives, where one task perpetually contributes to the outcomes of another.
A large number of food products ranging from dairy to animal products, fish and eggs, to plant produce, like vegetables and fruits, that are grown following the stipulated processes are considered Biodynamic foods. They are labelled as such and are available to purchase at supermarkets and local grocery stores.
A final word to the wise – It is important to buy food that you enjoy and discover new tastes and textures. While following a health plan, pay attention to not only the total calorie content of the food you consume but also to other factors – such as higher protein, lower GI, higher fibre and greater overall value – that good, wholesome and healthy food will always get for you!
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