As the old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Oh, but if only healthy eating could be as simple as that! According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2012 Food & Health Survey, most Americans (52 percent) have concluded that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn’t eat to be healthier. However, despite how confusing healthy eating can seem, one thing is for sure: if you don’t have healthy options available in your kitchen, you’re not likely to eat healthy. So a good place to start if you are looking to eat healthier is… your grocery list.
With the grab and go lifestyle of convenience that many of us are used to living, it often feels so much easier on the brain and on the budget to load up on unhealthy pre-packaged or ready-made foods. (Pop-Tarts are kind of like fruit, right?) But also consider that while unhealthy packaged goods may be easy and cost less in the short term, being overweight or obese can cost you much more in the long-term, with obese individuals having medical costs that are on average $1,429 more than those of normal weight (roughly 42 percent higher).
However, getting on a path to a healthier diet doesn’t always have to be as complicated as it seems, and adding just a few healthier items to your grocery list can create opportunities to drastically change up your diet for the better. Plus, sometimes our convenience-oriented society can work to our advantage. One you have some healthier items stocked up in your kitchen, check out websites like Supercook, which will generate wholesome recipes for any meal based on what you currently have in your kitchen. Pretty easy, right?
To begin getting your healthy shopping list on track, check out our list below of 10 healthy and versatile foods you should add to your grocery list this week that will allow you to put together a number of healthy and satisfying meals, but won’t add too much stress, time, or inconvenience.