Going to the grocery store can be a pain — the lines take forever, your grocery list is huge, and you can’t find a parking spot. Something that can make your shopping a little easier is narrowing down your list to the foods that will make a lasting impact on you and your family’s health. Skinny Mom has the inside scoop on what 10 items should be bought every time you make a grocery run.
Apples: Fresh, juicy and an easy grab for an on-the-go snack. Apples are great because they fill you up and at the same time help prevent heart disease through regulation of blood fat levels. After all, we all remember that saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Stock up!
Eggs: Great in the morning, afternoon, or night time! This protein-packed food will leave you feeling satisfied and full until your next meal. In addition, there are many different ways that they can be served, so if you get tired of the hard boiled egg, cook an omelet filled with your favorite veggies!
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Avocados: These are the perfect grocery store grab, whether you want to eat it by itself or spread it on a turkey sandwich. They help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease, and prevent cancer. (via Medical News Today)
Yogurt: An easy on-the-go breakfast right before you head to work in the morning. Add fruit to the top to add more flavor and nutrients. Eating more yogurt can help close the nutrient gap; an eight-ounce serving contains 1.4 micrograms of the vitamin, about 60 percent of what adult women need daily. (via Fitness Magazine)
Lean protein: While fruits and veggies are great for you, you can’t forget about protein. Keep lean fish, chicken, and beef in your freezer to make sure you are getting enough protein intake throughout your days.
Lemons: Slice them and throw them into a pitcher of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Not only does lemon water cleanse your system, but it also freshens your breath, helps you lose weight, boosts your immune system, brightens your skin, and more! (via Life Hack)
>> Recipe: Green Tea Lemonade
Baby spinach: Whether you’d rather eat it as a salad or combine it with other veggies in your juicer, spinach is a must-have! It has the ability to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. (via Good Food)
>> Read more: The Power of Spinach
Sliced veggies: Instead of grabbing that bag of potato chips when you get hungry, reach for some carrots and celery. Women should consume about two-and-a-half cups of veggies each day. Tired of eating veggies plain? Throw them into a juicer and blend.
Chocolate: Woah — bet you didn’t think you’d see this on here! Don’t eat too much of it, but nibbling on some dark chocolate can actually be good for you. Dark chocolate can help with cravings and also can boost your metabolism to burn fat and calories!
Grapefruit: Eat this juicy fruit in order to lower insulin and lose weight. Eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose up to a pound a week! It will also leave you feeling full longer.