Whether your grocery shopping for home or the AirBNB you’ve reserved in Tahiti, buying nutritious food will keep you feeling well and ready to conquer the world. Below find my guide to some of the best foods in the local farmer’s market or grocery store. Try to include them as part of your daily diet. Eating well can help prevent disease and enhance the quality of your life. Choose whole foods which include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, poultry, and fish, beans and tofu, nuts and high-calcium foods, such as milk, yogurt, calcium-fortified almond milk, almonds,broccoli and bok choy. Healthy fats and oils, such as avocado, nuts and olive oil should be consumed in moderation daily.
Healthy Shopping List
Cereals: should have 6 grams or less of sugar per serving and least 3 grams dietary fiber per serving. Good choices = plain oatmeal, Cheerios, MultiGrain Cheerios, Kashi Heart to Heart, Kashi Autumn Harvest and Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins. Limit serving to 1 cup.
Breads: whole grains are best. Look for the word “whole” in the beginning of the ingredient list. Whole grain breads should have at least 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Milton’s is an excellent brand.
Starches/Grains: These complex carbohydrates include beans, sweet and white potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, barley, whole wheat couscous, amaranth, buckwheat (or kasha) and whole grain pasta.
Soups: Amy’s and Dr. McDougall’s– great-tasting vegetarian soups; low in sodium/ high in fiber, broth- based vegetable and bean soups are also good.
Best oils/fat: Monounsaturated and omega-3 fats. Mono = olive oil, olives, canola oil, nuts, nut butters, avocados and olives. Omega-3 = fish oils, nuts and ground flax seed.
Heart-healthy fish: wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines, bluefish—aim for 6 oz. per week. Fatty fish contain omega-3 fats.
Milk: organic skim milk or calcium-fortified soy or almond milk.
Yogurt: good brands = Stonyfield, Horizon, Chobani, Ziggi’s, So Delicious, Colombo and Dannon. These yogurts contain live cultures. The healthiest flavor is plain. If you are vegan, try soy yogurt.
Cheese: low fat is best (3 grams fat per ounce). Good brands = Cabot’s and Jarlsberg Lite. Use whole fat cheese (9 grams saturated fat/ounce) in moderation. One ounce of cheese = 9 grams of saturated fat.
Proteins: include more vegetarian proteins in your diet such as tofu, beans and nuts/ nut butters. Limit red meat (beef, lamb, pork and veal) to three times per week (3 ounces cooked per meal) or less. Eat more veggie burgers, beans, fish and chicken instead.
Fruits: have at least 3 servings per day. Organic, fresh whole fruit is best. Avoid juice as it doesn’t contain any fiber.
Vegetables: aim for a minimum of 2 cups or more per day. Organic is best.
Snacks: limit to 200 calories per snack. Good choices=KIND bars, Kashi granola bars, fresh fruit and 1 ounce protein such as low fat cheese or 10 nuts or 6 to 8 oz. nonfat plain yogurt plus 1 fruit.
Healthy sweeteners: sugar, stevia and honey in moderation. 1 packet sugar has 16 calories and 4 grams carbohydrate. Limit to 1 teaspoon per meal or less. Stevia is a healthy herbal sweetener.
Best beverages: water, seltzer, coffee, green, matcha and white tea. Drink at least 8 cups daily to stay hydrated. Limit coffee to 2 to 3 cups per day if it bothers you. Use stevia or 1 packet of sugar if you want your beverage sweetened.
Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the The 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy eating for optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs to get healthy meals on the table. She is also the author of the e-book The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment, travel nutrition and diabetes for teens and adults. For more info, contact Lisa via email or visit here.