Your family is important to you. So is their health. Staying healthy means eating right, and eating right means preparing tasty, flavorful meals that are as easy on the wallet as they are on the waistline. Let's see how much you know about shopping for and preparing healthy meals.
A simple potato is just 100 calories and packs a wallop in terms of vitamins and minerals.
False. Canned or frozen produce is often picked at the peak of ripeness. In fact, you'll get more vitamin C from frozen concentrate than from freshly squeezed orange juice.
Look high and low to find the best buys -- generic brands -- at the supermarket. The middle shelves and end caps cost more, and the name brands spend more money to occupy those eye-catching spaces.
Using a slow cooker helps tenderize tough but inexpensive cuts of meat. It's a great way to save money yet still get the protein you want.
The produce section is usually the first section you'll encounter in the store, and where you should spend the most time. Make sure you choose a rainbow-colored selection of fruits and veggies for the most nutritional value.
Whole grains provide more fiber. Fiber fills you up and provides other health benefits. Look for at least 4 grams of fiber in your whole grain cereals.
The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fish per week. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you. Salmon is an excellent source of these nutrients.
True. Do most of your shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store for the freshest and healthiest food -- produce, fresh meat, dairy and fresh whole grain breads.
Dairy products, like milk, yogurt, and cheese, are a great source of vitamin D and calcium.
Look to carrots for a low-fat, healthy snack. A full cup of carrots has only 45 calories.
A product with "light" on the label must contain one-third fewer calories than the regular version. However, there is no set rule for the word "lite."
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it also keeps you slim at a low 72 calories!
Even though it's a healthy drink, orange juice can contain up to 20 grams of sugar per glass. Some doctors recommend drinking guava juice, instead, because it has same benefits with less sugar.
False. If the first ingredient listed is refined wheat flour, then this "wheat" bread is the same as white bread. Look for the words "whole wheat" rather than "whole grain" and other plays on words.
Children who skip breakfast run a greater risk of being overweight. Breakfast fuels the brain and body for the day, which is very important for a child.
False. Granola is natural but also high in fat. Look instead for something high in fiber, like bran flakes.
For a protein-filled snack, try a cup of unshelled edamame. At only 120 calories, it will satisfy your stomach.
Try some Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, if you're craving a dessertlike snack. At only 173 calories and a good amount of calcium, you'll be doing your body good.
Protein makes you feel fuller longer. Nuts and seeds provide protein, but don't eat them in large quantities, as they are also high in calories.
True. You can eat more of foods with low energy density, like carrots, other veggies and air-popped popcorn.
Besides being low in cost, beans are also nutrient rich -- high in B vitamins and iron, as well as protein.