Many of us strive to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether we've been told by a professional, or it's a life choice - many of us truly want to change the way we eat! Exercise more and eat healthy...of course, but how? If only we had the time, money, resources, we'd be in better shape. You've probably read numerous articles about the benefits of dieting, cutting carbs, reducing sugar, and well, just weight loss in general.
We are certainly not doctors and can't prescribe a magical pill that will help you maintain your weight, but we can offer our experience to help you pick out some plentiful veggies, fruits, and local produce. This will hopefully assist you in your goals for a lifestyle change - or just because eating healthy is good for the mind, body, and soul!
So here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Know which veggies provide the essentials you need.
Each vegetable you eat has specific targets. We found a list for you that may be helpful.
2. Be aware of word usage that may often be misleading.
Often times, we may not understand labels and word usage, especially when we are in a hurry. Keep in mind that the use of words "low-fat" or "fat-free" also may contain large amounts of carbs and sugars. Studies have shown that in moderation, fats are not harmful, in fact we need healthy fat sources to keep our bodies functioning. Be conscious of all the ingredients. Check the nutritional facts and serving size per container.
3. Pick out an assortment of items from the food pyramid.
Limit yourself with fats, oils, and sweets. Stock up on veggies, fruits, and protein. A healthy portion of carbohydrates are okay because it provides us with energy. Don't be afraid to indulge in something sweet, but try to choose something like popcorn, dark chocolate, or yogurt.
4. Find items that are versatile.
Sometimes we need to limit our space and money. Versatile foods can be useful as they can give us more than just 1 or 2 options. They not only provide us with nutrients, they give us multiple dishes! The more possibilities we have, the more recipes. So, we've created a list that we think is pretty beneficial..yeah!
5. Support your local farms.
We pride ourselves in being able to provide our customers with the freshest local products around. We have more than 4,000 local products! But not only that, we have built relationships with our farmers all across Michigan! By purchasing fruit and veggies from your local grocer, you're supporting our community! Produce like blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, cherries, sweet corn, kale, basil..etc. will help replenish and revive your day.
If you want to know how to store your veggies properly. Here is a video that we find SUPER useful!