Stephanie Brookshier, RD

Health is having the energy to exercise and play with your kids, the mental clarity to excel at your job, and the focus to get what you want out of life. Most people don't know what it's like to truly feel well.  It's more than just the absence of disease.  Good nutrition and physical activity are the core to truly feeling well. Whether you're helping employees reach their goals or setting your own, Stephanie can help you find better nutrition as the first step towards a better life.

Navigate the Produce Aisle Like a Dietitian

Navigating the produce aisle of the grocery store can be simple if you follow these pro dietitian shopping tricks:

1) Shop the sales

Usually the sale produce is also in season, meaning it was harvested recently and has more nutrients!  Ever bite into a mealy tomato with no flavor? Just because you can buy that sucker year-round doesn't mean it's always the most nutritious choice.  Some produce is picked under-ripe and stored in a warehouse, losing nutrients the longer it sits around.  Speaking of tomatoes...

2) Choose small, dark red tomatoes

Tomatoes with the darkest red color have the most lycopene , which helps to prevent cell damage and protect your eyes.  Small tomatoes (think cherry or grape sized) also have more lycopene and vitamin C per ounce than the bigger tomatoes.

3) Use asparagus and broccoli within a few days 

To ensure you get most of the nutrients in these veggies, chill them immediately when you get home and eat them that day or the next. They lose their nutrients fast because of their high respiration rate. In both broccoli and asparagus, look for a dark green color (not yellow) and tightly closed buds or tips.

4) Pick the right avocado

You know the avocado is ripe when the part by the stem is soft to the touch, and the wider center part is still firm. The stem should still be attached.

5) When all else fails, go frozen

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Frozen fruit and veggies are picked in season and shipped directly to the processing area to be flash frozen.  So most of their nutrients are preserved!  Make sure there's no added sauces or sugar.  The only ingredients should be your fruit and vegetables. 


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