Healthy Summer Eating Guide
Delicious, family-friendly grocery picks to satisfy everyone in the house
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
August 9, 2022
Looking to eat healthily but unable to get the whole family on board? Good Housekeeping registered dietitian Stefani Sassos joins us to share these delicious, family-friendly grocery picks to satisfy everyone in the house.
We start with these innovative family-friendly snacks from Brainiac Foods that include applesauce, fruit and veggie pouches, bars, and nut butters, all made with premium, wholesome ingredients that stand apart from others on the shelves because they all include proprietary Brainpack, a combination of omega-3s, choline, and lutein to support memory, attention, focus, and overall brain health and development. The applesauce pouches have 160mg of omega-3s, 120 mg of choline, and 25mg of vitamin C, the same amount of omega-3s as a two-ounce salmon filet and as much choline as two cups of broccoli. We love that they have no added sugar, no artificial flavors, and are non-GMO and gluten-free. You can find them at most major retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, and Thrive Market.
And speaking of apples, our next pick is not your average fruit. Cosmic Crisp apples are incredibly juicy and naturally sweet, delivering the perfect crispy, crunchy texture. Classically bred, non-GMO, and grown in Washington state, this is the most versatile apple you'll find. It's also a parent go-to because it's slow to brown, making it an excellent summer snack for kids and a lunch box addition for camp. Cosmic Crisp apples hold up great for baking too. Visit cosmiccrisp.com for a ton of recipe inspiration. Pro tip: We recommend storing them in the fridge away from citrus to keep them crisp and maintain their freshness longer.
Another family-friendly go-to you want to stock up on is the new Green Giant Restaurant Style sides. The honey-glazed carrots with sage butter are beyond delicious, making it easy to elevate any family meal. These chef-created, restaurant-inspired side dishes go from freezer to table in minutes and are the ultimate dinner hack. Visit greengiant.com to learn more about the sides and browse their incredible veggie-packed lineup.
Another great way to elevate family dinnertime is by using Dash. Dash seasoning blends add vibrant flavor to your meals in a dash. Spice up all of your favorite meals quickly and easily without adding sodium. There are dozens of heart-healthy, salt-free, flavorful blends to choose from, which is a great way to get the kids involved with meal prep. Each blend is made with a combination of spices so you can enhance your favorite dishes no matter what you are cooking. Find Dash products at most grocery stores in the spice aisle, priced at around $3 each. Visit mrsdash.com/locate to find one near you.
For a protein-packed, budget-friendly option at any time of day, eggs are a grocery list staple too. But Eggland's Best eggs are a notch above. They contain 6x more vitamin D, 10x more vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, and more than double the omega-3s and vitamin B12 compared to ordinary eggs due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil, and a supplemental blend of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp, and vitamin E. Look for the red "EB" stamp on the top of the eggshell. Go to egglandsbest.com to learn more.
Nuts are also good for you. We love Hampton Farms in-shell peanuts. They contain seven grams of protein per serving. They are high in vitamins and minerals, sustainably sourced, and naturally gluten and cholesterol free. Plus, they are delicious, and they are great for healthy snacking. Find them in the produce aisle of your local grocery store.
And speaking of protein, you will love Wonderful Pistachios. They are a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, the only good source of protein among popular snack nuts, with six grams of complete plant protein per serving. Naturally cholesterol-free, pistachios add fiber to your day and may help keep you feeling fuller for longer. About 90% of the fats found in pistachios are unsaturated, making it a heart-healthy snack too. No shells are an easy-to-go solution for the whole family, tossing them onto salads and smoothies. Wonderful Pistachios are available in an assortment of seriously delicious flavors like smoky barbecue and chili roasted. You can also choose in-shell as cracking open pistachio shells may slow you down during snack time. The empty shells may be a visual cue that helps snackers eat mindfully.
The latest issue of Good Housekeeping is on newsstands now, and you can visit goodhousekeeping.com for more information on healthy eating.