Soup may seem like a healthy choice to eat out. However, most restaurant soups use “starter mixes”. Like the prepared soups you buy in the grocery store, these are very high in fats and sodium. Instead create your own soups using stock from cooking chicken or beef. Add fresh vegetables and leftover meats, and vegetables. Flavor with herbs and spices rather than salt.
Somewhere we have gotten the idea that having pasta is somehow healthier than eating meat. The pasta itself is full of starches—unless you choose wholegrain pasta. Pasta sauces are high in sugars, fats, and sodium.
You can do much better at home. Make a simple sauce by adding garlic powder and fresh basil to canned “no-salt-added” crushed tomatoes. Why noy sauté fresh chopped tomatoes and minced garlic in olive oil in a sauté pan until they melt into a nice thick sauce. Make a big batch and freeze leftovers for future meals. Serve wholegrain pastas.
Spring Clean Your Kitchen
Throw out foods with significant amounts of :high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats or sugar or fat. If any of these items is listed as the first or second ingredient on the label toss that food item.
Instead, fill your shelves with real fresh, whole, and locally-grown foods.
Join a community group that supports local agriculture.
Find a network or co-opthat provides its members with the buying power to get a cheaper supply of fresh vegetables weekly.