2. Try switching from regular to low-fat milk. Once children are over the age of two, they do not need full fat milk. The fat found in low-fat milk will help you absorb Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which are both fat soluble vitamins, and need some fat to be absorbed. That is why low-fat is a better choice than skim milk. Soy milk is another must in your shopping cart. There is regular, vanilla, and chocolate flavored versions. They can be used instead of regular milk, or they can replace nondairy milk in recipes, for a much healthier dish. Low-fat yogurt with probiotics, (with active bacteria) is another great food to add to your cart. It is a great source of calcium and they are loaded with Agood@ bacteria. By consuming yogurt you increase the population of Agood@ bacteria to help fight the Abad@ bacteria.

3. Read the labels of cereals and breads. Your bread should have at least 2 grams of dietary fiber per slice. Cereal should have a minimum of four grams of dietary fiber per serving. Fiber fills you up, and will sustain you for a long time before you start to feel hungry. Whole grain foods are good sources of dietary fiber. They have protein and vitamins that are naturally found in the whole grain food. This is much better than enriched food, where the food is so processed that it must be enriched by adding vitamins that were there originally there but lost in the over processing of the food.

4. Do not pass the fruit and vegetable aisle without stocking up. Remember, more color equals more phytochemicals. .Phytochemicals are natural substances which can be found in fruits and vegetables. They work with nutrients to protect plants from disease. When you consume fruits and vegetables, these phytochemicals help protect your body from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. So make sure to fill up your cart with blueberries, grapefruits, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, garlic, and many more foods in the produce section.

5. Replace canned foods with fresh or frozen varieties. Canned foods are loaded with sodium. This is the way that manufacturers keep the food fresh. Many canned foods have more sodium per serving than you should be eating the whole day! Fresh or frozen foods retain more vitamins and they contain much less sodium.

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Is your diet in jeopardy because of all the confusing information out there? When you go through the aisles in the supermarket it is easy to get overwhelmed or confused. How do you choose one loaf out of the 200 different brands that are offered? Here is a guide on how to shop smart. With these tools it will make shopping for healthy foods a breeze.

1. Low-fat is not low-calorie. The packaging looks nice, and then the words low-fat or fat-free jump out at you. You would not want to deprive yourself of a snack that will help you stay on your diet! However, all that these low-fat snacks do is make it harder for you to lose weight. If you read the nutrition label on the back of the food and you compare it to the regular version of the same food, you will likely find that there is an insignificant difference in calories. When manufacturers take out the fat they replace it with sugar. Sugar has four calories per gram versus the nine calories per gram found in fat. Manufacturers take out three grams of fat (27 cal) and replace it with six grams of sugar (24 cal). No nig savings there! Would you buy a box of cookies? Or, did finding out that they are low-fat cause you to buy them? Many people tend to eat much more of a food that is fat-free or low-fat. They would not ordinarily purchase a family size bag of pretzels, but if it is fat-free they eat the whole bag themselves! Remember this is a marketing ploy to get you to purchase food that you do not need. Think of all the calories you will save if you avoid the low-fat version too.