Friday, February 26, 2010

Getting Sneaky at the Grocery Store

There are a million ways to be a "sneaky mom." I choose to be a sneaky mom and wife by sneaking healthy ingredients, including pureed fruits and vegetables, into everyday foods that my family enjoys. Another way that I have found to be sneaky is to make healthier choices at the grocery store. This can be hard as everything in the store seems to scream low fat, low sugar, all natural, light or healthy and deciding what to buy can seem overwhelming. I have become a huge fan of the "Eat This, Not That" series of books to help me make more informed decisions about what to buy for my family. So, I thought that I would try to share some of that information with you. If you are interested in learning more, you can click on the "Eat This, Not That" book in my sidebar. My goal is to share some of the suggestions from the book with you, so that you, too, can make better choices at the grocery store.

First, here are several great options for yogurt:

Breyers' Yo Crunch Light
120 calories
1-2.5 g. fat
11 g. sugar
Great for a super healthy dessert

Dannon Light-n-Fit
80 calories
0 g. fat
11 g. sugar
The lightest cup of yogurt at your grocery store.
BONUS: 15% of your calcium and 20% of your vitamin D

Dannon All Natural
110 calories
1 g. fat
19 g. sugar
Made with real fruit and no chemicals.

Yoplait Kids Yogurt Drink
70 calories
1.5 g. fat
10 g. sugar
Made with REAL fruit puree.
Also, fortified with DHA.

Here are some other recommended brands that I could not find pictures of or are just not as common in my area of the country:

FAGE total 0% non-fat Greek style
FAGE total 2%
Whole Soy & Co.
Stonyfield Farm lowfat plain
Oikos Greek vanilla
Stonyfield Farm Organic YoBaby Simply PLAIN
Brown Cow Low Fat Maple

Now, look closely before you buy these yogurts:

Dannon All-Natural, Low-Fat Yogurt
150 calories
2.5 g. fat
25 g. sugar
Contains as much sugar as a Kit Kat!!!

Danimals Drinkables
180 calories
3 g. fat
30 g. sugar

170 calories
1.5 g. fat
27 g. sugar

Others to avoid:

Stonyfield Farm Organic Lowfat Caramel
la Creme by Dannon
Stonyfield Farm o'Soy All Natural
Horizon Organic Fat-Free Vanilla
Stonyfield Farm Organic Fat Free Chocolate Undercover - 35g sugar!!!
Breyers Fruit on the Bottom
Stonyfield Farm Whole Milk French Vanilla

Now, I am sure that some of these brands may have come out with better versions of their yogurts since this book was published, but at least we have some place to start when trying to shop for healthfully.


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