Have you ever wondered what a nutritionist buys at the supermarket? Aside from fresh fruit, veges and lean meat here are four common items in my shopping. I’ll share more with you next week.
Tasti Fruit and Nut Bars
For a quick snack on the go, my favourite bar is a fruit and nut bar. Tasti bars are made with high oleic peanuts, which are high in the heart healthy monounsaturated fats. With a lot of snack bars, sugar is either first or second on the ingredients list. I like the fact that these bars are mainly peanuts and dried fruit. Even though dried fruit is high in sugar, it contains more nutrients than sugar itself. Here’s the ingredients list for the bars:
Peanuts (42%), Fruit (22%) (Sultanas, Dried Apricot (Preservative (220)), Dates), Maltodextrin, Glucose, Sunflower Oil, Puffed Wheat, Brown Sugar, Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin), Humectant (Glycerol), Sugar, Honey, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Caramelised Sugar.
I’m a coffee lover. The first thing I do in the morning when I get up is switch the jug on and make a cup of coffee. I’ve been through most of the brands, and Hummingbird Coffee made in Christchurch is my favourite.
There is always conflicting information in the media – there are reports coffee is good for you, then reports it increases blood pressure. Coffee provides us with a source of antioxidants including polyphenols, the same antioxidants found in green tea and red wine. Moderate coffee consumption is thought to be protective against gall stones, and may lower risk of type 2 diabetes – more research is needed here. So there are some health benefits. But it’s all about quantity. Too much coffee can increase your risk of miscarriage in pregnancy and could affect blood pressure. The key is moderation. No more than 2-3 cups a day, use trim milk and skip the sugar.
For a wholegrain, low GI bread, these brands are my favourite. Especially toasted with avocado and tomato – yum. There is a large variety of flavours, Vogels have a new Chia and Toasted Sesame Seed bread which also provides a source of omega 3 fats. Burgen has also bought out a new weight management bread which is high in protein and fibre, both which help keep us fuller for longer.
For a low sugar yoghurt, I like Meadowfresh Live Lite. It’s a great source of calcium and protein yet low in fat and sugar. Plus it tastes great too – read more here. A perfect snack or after dinner dessert.