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Aisle by Aisle: Navigating the Dairy Case

by in Grocery Shopping, July 17, 2009

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One day while we were shopping in the dairy aisle, my son reached down and grabbed a purple-colored carton of yogurt and asked, “Mom, can I have this?” My answer, “Dude, cows don’t make purple milk.” Poor kid, he looked at me with this perplexed face. The dairy section can get a bit overwhelming for an adult too, but here are some hints on what you should be looking for on your next trip to the market.

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Taste Test: Whole-Grain Bread

by in Taste Test, July 16, 2009

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A few weeks back we gave tips on buying the best whole-grain breads and you all chimed in with your favorites. Always looking to try out new foods, Toby and I decided to sample your top picks. From all the comments, we compiled the 5 most popular and evaluated them based on the most important Ts: taste, texture and toast-ability. Then, we scoped out the nutrition info and even got feedback from our families (kids and adults, alike).

The results are in…

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Aisle by Aisle: Choosing Healthy Cereals

by in Grocery Shopping, July 10, 2009

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You could probably guess that most kids’ cereals are bursting with added sugar, but even some “healthy” cereals can be full of sugar and few nutritional benefits. Whether you have a bowl for breakfast or munch on some for a snack, here are tips for picking the best cereals.

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Meal Delivery Plans: The Pros & Cons

by in Grocery Shopping, June 24, 2009

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No, we’re not talking about Chinese takeout. We’re talking about pre-packaged meal delivery programs. There are many of these services available throughout the country — some are part of dieting plans, others are more fresh, gourmet fare, and most are all about convenience and/or living by a set meal plan. Check out our pros and cons of a few popular services and what you should be asking to get the healthiest fare.

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Fresh Grocery Delivery: The Pros & Cons

by in Grocery Shopping, June 22, 2009

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Grocery delivery services offer point-and-click convenience and door-to-door service, but are they the smartest and safest way to buy your food? Here are some things to keep in mind before you place an order.

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Aisle by Aisle: Buying Healthy Bread

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, June 15, 2009

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Take a walk down the bread aisle at your market and see how long it takes to find a loaf without high-fructose corn syrup. It took me 30 minutes the first time I tried! Many packaged bread loaves have added ingredients that aren’t so healthy, even though their labels sport fancy words like “multigrain” and “unbleached flour.” Follow these tips to make sure you get the healthiest.

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Label Decoder: Sodium Benzoate

by in Label Decoder, June 12, 2009

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Many ingredients listed on food labels might as well be in a foreign language. You see the same ones pop up all the time, but do you know what they really mean? In this new series, we’re tackling some common label names — some are perfectly fine for you, others not so much.

First up: sodium benzoate.

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5 New Supermarket Finds

by in Food News, Grocery Shopping, June 4, 2009

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Every year, dietitians from the Greater New York Dietitians Association get together to talk food (my kind of meeting!). I got to attend this year’s gathering and sampled several interesting new products — some already on your supermarket shelves. Check out these 5 goodies.

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Label Decoder: Sodium Nitrite

by in Food Safety, Label Decoder, March 27, 2009

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If you think hot dogs, bacon and lunch meats keep that pinkish hue naturally, think again! These are just a few of the foods that contain the preservative sodium nitrite, which may be harmful to your health.

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