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
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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