5 Healthy Foods to Put on Your Grocery List

What's cooking: Perhaps a longer life with these healthy, easy grocery staples.

by Lauren Gelman from Reader's Digest | September 2012
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    According to the journal Public Health Nutrition, people who cooked at home five times a week were nearly 50 percent more likely to be alive after ten years than those who steered clear of the kitchen.

    The benefits aren't just from eating healthier but also from grocery shopping, following a recipe, and preparing food, which help your brain develop new connections. Make your kitchen cooking-friendly by keeping these fat-releasing staples (from our new book The Digest Diet) handy for hectic weeknights.

    Balsamic vinegar

    This makes a sweet, tangy glaze that's perfect for salmon or as a simple, fresh salad dressing. Vinegar may help prevent your body from clinging to fat.

    Skinless, boneless chicken breasts

    Keep these in the freezer and grill on Sunday for a week's worth of salad toppers or dinners (serve with veggies and whole grains).

    Greek yogurt

    It can have double the protein of regular yogurt. Its thick creaminess makes it a good swap for sour cream.

    Nuts

    Chop walnuts, almonds, or other favorites and sprinkle on top of salads or chicken dinners for added crunch.

    Eggs

    Packed with protein, eggs are a filling meatless supper option. Combine them with a mix of fresh seasonal veggies and calcium-rich cheese in an omelet or a frittata.

    Your Comments

    • http://twitter.com/CholesterolGuy Colin Carmichael

      I’m so glad to see eggs listed in these suggestions. Way to go RD!

      On the greek yogurt, you gotta try the organic Oikos. By far the best yogurt I’ve ever had. The plain can be used as a sour cream substitute. The fruit or vanilla flavors are great as a snack or my preference … to add in smoothies.

      And on nuts … a reminder you want raw (preferably organic) for best health results.

    • Patricialafleche

      Add a little bit of folic acid,and when you’re a little hungry at night before you turn in for bed,have a little piece of chicken with your medication and wash it down with a tall glass of water.