Jan 12, 2012

DASH To The Grocery

Yesterday afternoon was by far the longest time I have spent on a very short grocery list.  It took me an hour and a half and I was not even able to buy all.  Talk about wasting so much time, but not totally.  I count the walking as exercise, although my recently injured left knee was already ready to buckle. So what's on my list?  Just these few items:
  • Cereal
  • Milk (ugh! Coffee drinkers like me repel milk.  Just the thought of drinking a glass of it makes me squirm, or worse gag)
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Pitted Prunes
  • Fresh fruit (I was able to buy sliced and cut melon....that was my dinner later)
  • Salad (you know, Caesar's and the likes.  No pre-packed ones so I skipped it.  You had to choose the ingredients. Will do that another day as I was already tired from walking)
  • Cucumber
See?  Normally that list could have taken me no more than 15 minutes.  The thing is, I had to read the labels, particularly for low sodium content.  Having a good amount of potassium is a great bonus.  The good thing about doing this is I realized that even if I don't shop at Healthy Options (kind of expensive also), I could find healthy choices at a regular grocery store.  

Here are some of the items that I bought, minus the melon (gone in 360 seconds), the cucumber (camera-shy), the milk and a few items not on the original list :





I was hoping you wouldn't notice but yes, I bought a box of pancake mix.  It's not for me actually but for my nephews.  I figured I could also choose healthier food for them.  I didn't buy them the regular maple syrup (too much on the high-fructose corn syrup...another bad thing).  I substituted that with honey.  Auntie is beaming with pride for a smart choice.

A closer look at the front labels provides some points of interest, and half of the reason why I purchased them.


Reducol = Reduce cholesterol (right?)



The Muscovado Sugar got me!



Read: No sodium!

The other half of the story is found at the back where one can read the nutrition facts.  I love it when I read that the product is low in sodium and a big bonus if it is loaded with potassium that I need to lower my blood pressure.

Potassium in the pineapple juice made me want to drink it right away




I gotta love prunes!



Pancake Mix and Wheat Cereal side by side

All in all, it cost me more than 500 Pesos for these items.  It's more expensive than when I just grab the first thing I see, but knowing that I am making a health investment gives me peace of mind.  My wallet is lighter too...less baggage hahaha!  I just hope I can keep up with this.  And maybe next time, I'll be more speedy doing this.  Practice makes perfect?  No, practice makes for a good habit in this case.


5 comments:

  1. Hi Aileen! I am also a health conscious person and always on the look out for various health products. I think your blog would be a great help! BTW, thanks for following my home blog. It was a pleasure to have u there as a visitor and a follower. I followed this blog, too.

    If u have time, you may want to check on my other blog, too. Here's the link:
    http://www.lifestipsandtricks.com

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    1. Hi Krizza! Good to see you here. Thanks for dropping by. Already followed your other blog. Nice pink daisy (I initially thought sunflower but aren't they all yellow?) :-)

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  2. Hi Aileen! Thanks for the constant visit to my sites! I do appreciate it that much! I'll be swinging by here more often, too and will be looking forward to more of your health tips. It's no 1 in my list of goals for 2012. :)

    Hugs to u!

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    1. Awww that's sweet Krizza. Hugs to you too! You write about interesting things that's why I visit and re-visit :-)

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  3. Daddy and I are now conscious with what we are eating. less sodium, less calories, etc. Hehe. It's really important to read the labels. We spent 30 minutes minsan just to read and compare the labels of milk for Matt. Haha.

    Mommy Maye2

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