One misconception about eating healthy is that it requires expensive food
When you’re in the grocery to check out some healthy foods, you might frown upon the price tags. Not only are healthy options seemingly more expensive (that isn’t necessarily true though) but you might also not be sure if they would be worth buying. So with the variety of choices available, we asked two certified nutritionists the best healthy items to splurge on to make it easier for you on your next supermarket run.
Herbs and spices
According to Timothy Jeffe Ting, head and sports nutritionist of Timnutrition Clinic and Consultancy, if you are on a balanced diet and are sustaining this by preparing your own meals, herbs and spices are the best splurges because not only do they enhance flavors, they also increase your appreciation for meals with less calories and fat. Ting suggests to start with oregano and basil to add a classic Italian taste to your dishes.
Oil for dressing and cooking
Oil in general is known to have a lot of pure fat and is composed of unhealthy nutrients that damage the heart. While there are a bunch of choices in the grocery, the best ones are the least processed. Less processed oil is suggested for searing, sautéing and frying because they contain good fats and are beneficial in reducing heart disease. Ting says to go for olive, safflower, and rapeseed oils.
Whole fruits and frozen vegetables
Fia Batua, a registered nutritionist-dietitian and elite fitness trainer, recommends spending on whole fruits and vegetables especially since they contain good amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as help with hydration. Whole fruits and frozen vegetables are comprised of natural sugars, which are better than sugar found in other sweet treats.
When it comes to splurging on protein bars, check their carbohydrate, protein, and fat content. Splurge on protein bars that contain less total calories, ideally lower than 300 kcal, has 20 and 24 grams of protein, and those that do not have sugar alternatives like syrup and invert sugar. Ting specifically suggests MusclePharm Combat bars while Batua recommends Healthy Options as a place to get quality protein bars.
Plain Greek yogurt
A nutrient-packed snack that is high in protein with less calories, Greek yogurt can be consumed for as much as 12 to 17 grams per serving depending on the brand. Since it’s protein-rich, it helps you feel full longer, preventing you from eating junk throughout the day. Not only is it a great source of protein but it also boosts metabolism, restores healthy bacterial balance, and contains calcium. It’s also beneficial for those who are lactose intolerant.
If you’re nuts about nuts, it’s a good idea to splurge on them. Peanuts, cashew, almonds, and pistachios are recommended sources of good fat. Batua suggests eating one to two tablespoons of nuts every day.