Eating whole, unprocessed food is something I strive to do more and more often. And no, I am not a hippie.
I like Kraft Dinner. And Cheez Whiz. And Nibs. And Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. And…OK, you get it.
But for the most part, I eat fresh, simple food; and it tastes better. Way better. It’s also healthier (if it isn’t completely obvious after reading the aforementioned list).
The golden rule when grocery shopping is to stick to the periphery of the grocery store where you’ll find the produce, fresh meat, seafood and perishable food items that have been minimally processed.
I find one of the trickier aspects of eating a whole-food diet is finding great snacks. Outside of fresh fruit, plain yogurt and nuts there aren’t a lot of great portable options. For years I’ve tried to seek out the ‘healthiest’ granola bar option. Here are my must-haves:
- tastes delicious
- satisfies hunger for minimum of 2 hours
- minimal number of unprocessed ingredients (whole grains, fruit, nuts, natural sweetener and binder)
- must not cost an arm and a leg