There's no need to toss junk food into the trash if you never buy any!
There's no need to toss junk food into the trash if you never buy any! Moms often find themselves in the kitchen cleaning out the pantry much to their children's chagrin. We asked Clean Food
($20) author Terry Walters
, who encourages families to eat "close to the source," to give us some tips for choosing (and controlling) what goes in the shopping basket. Here's what she had to say:
Turn grocery shopping into a game. The rules are simple. Just focus on foods that come from a plant (the green kind, not the manufacturing kind) and in all of the colors of the rainbow (Fruit Loops don't count!). With the rules set, your children are ready to go off on a healthy and educational scavenger hunt to find the best items for your family.
Look for items from each of the food groups. Make sure you have whole grains, vegetables, legumes (beans), nuts, seeds, fruit, and more.
Fill your cart with as few packaged items as possible. If it doesn't come in a package, you know it's minimally processed!
Avoid artificial ingredients. Teaching kids to read labels is easy. I have my girls (10 and 12) look at the ingredient list and make sure they can imagine how each entry grows. If they can't translate it in their minds, chances are they won't be able to translate it in their bodies either!
Look for seasonal produce. These items tend to be showcased in the produce section, but a trip to a farmers market or local pick-your-own farm is a great way to learn about what's in season in your neck of the woods.
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