Shop Healthy, Shop Smart
Putting your healthy meal plan into action starts with your shopping list. Planning ahead before heading to the grocery store is one way to keep your focus on the healthy ingredients that matter. But even with the best list, there are still plenty of decisions to be made at the store. Every food you choose is a chance to make a healthy decision.
Non-starchy vegetables: Good for you and your blood sugar
There are 2 main types of vegetables—starchy and non-starchy. Non-starchy vegetables usually contain few calories and are low in carbs. You can include plenty of non-starchy vegetables in your meal plan. For example, to make a meal more diabetes-friendly, a starchy side dish like rice can be replaced with broccoli.
You can also check the carb content of the vegetables you choose and find out how much to eat with the Diabetes Meal Planning Makeover Tool.
What’s so great about fresh vegetables?
Fresh vegetables offer many benefits. They are packed with nutrients and fiber and are low in saturated fats. They can even help control hunger.
Fresh vegetables can be cheaper when in season. Ask at your local grocery store what is in season in your area and when. Here are some tips for buying and storing fresh vegetables:
- Look for produce that isn’t damaged or bruised
- Eat fresh vegetables within a few days of buying them
- Store produce in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator so they stay fresh longer. Vegetables like carrots, brussels sprouts, and cabbage can last for more than a week