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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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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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