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Taste Test: Frozen Cheese Pizza

by in Back to School, Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, August 19, 2009

Frozen Pizza
When I was in college, prepping fresh, balanced meals wasn’t exactly a priority. Sometimes quick and cheap won out and that often meant frozen pizza. Newly graduated, I’m thinking healthier these days. Looking for smarter standbys, I recruited my friend, Tracy, to help me sample five “better for you” frozen pizzas. Then, we ran them by Dana and Toby to get the nutritionist perspective.

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Label Decoder: High Maltose Corn Syrup

by in Label Decoder, August 13, 2009

You’ve probably seen high maltose corn syrup when scanning food labels before, even if you don’t quite remember where. Did you know it’s a close cousin to the infamous high-fructose corn syrup? Read on to get the scoop (literally, it’s found in ice cream) on this common ingredient.

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Shopping for Low-Sodium Foods

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, August 7, 2009

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About 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. A good step to take for improving or preventing high blood pressure is to cut back on eating salt — especially from the biggest culprit: processed foods. These days many food manufacturer’s offer “low sodium” or “no salt added” options, but labels can be confusing. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Aisle by Aisle: What To Do at the Deli Counter

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, August 3, 2009

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To help make for healthier supermarket trips, we’ve filled you in on dos and don’ts for breads, cereals, dairy, bakery goods and frozen foods. Now we’re exploring the best choices when you roll your cart up to the deli counter.

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Aisle by Aisle: Browsing the Bakery

by in Grocery Shopping, July 31, 2009

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My top shopping tip: Go to the market on a full stomach. This helps keep your brain and belly focused on the shopping list and makes it less likely to snatch up too many unnecessary goodies, especially in the snack aisle or bakery. Choosing cookies, cakes, pies or fresh breads can be tricky — here are a few tips to make the best choices.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Upgrading Fridge Staples

by in Grocery Shopping, July 26, 2009

karen_fridgeWhen Healthy Eats’ intern, Karen, mentioned she’d love some tips on how to upgrade her refrigerator staples, I said, “Send me a pic! Stat!” Always obliging, Karen took a snapshot and then gave me the heads up on the usual items she and her roommate keep on hand. Karen’s main comment was that she and her roommate are both recent college graduates — so they’re busy with new (or odd) jobs and have a limited budget and time. Here’s the feedback I gave her from what I saw inside…

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Aisle by Aisle: Sorting Through Frozen Food Options

by in Grocery Shopping, July 24, 2009

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It seems like the freezer section gets bigger and bigger every day as the offerings expand to include every possible meal option. Some frozen food can be a part of a healthy diet, others not so much. Here’s our take on a few of the more popular products filling the freezer cases.

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Top 5 Pantry Must-Haves

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, July 23, 2009

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Even with loads of fresh produce coming into season now, you still need to keep your pantry stocked with some go-to staples. In addition to standards like brown rice and whole-wheat pasta, here are some other pantry must-haves that are affordable, healthy and easy to find.

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Buyer Beware: "Healthy" Boosted Juice Drinks

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, July 21, 2009

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My clients are always telling me about these new juice drinks they find at the supermarket. You know the ones that say they pack in multiple servings of fruits and veggies or they’ll make you smarter, lower cholesterol or even boost your immunity. Many times folks fall for the hype and start drinking 2 or 3 bottles a day (they think more is better!). But before you take a sip, find out what these bottled beverages are really made of.

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5 Refreshingly Cheap White Wines

by in Grocery Shopping, July 18, 2009

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Big red wines are comforting against winter’s chill, but they just don’t work as well when summer’s heat starts taking hold. Reds’ higher serving temperatures and often higher alcohol content and tannins can clash with summer’s lighter foods. This is where a good white wine comes in.

Here are five summer whites that are all easy to enjoy and pair well with the warm-weather dishes I love — fresh produce, lighter grilled fishes and meats. They’re easy on the wallet, too! –Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth.com

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