Less is More

Oof. I don't know about you but coming off of Christmas has been a bit rough. Yesterday, I told my sister-in-law that I thought I literally had a brick of cream cheese in my stomach. I think I was right. Between buffalo chicken dip and pickle dip, I ate my weight in it. Holiday baked goods? No thanks. Dip?? That's where you will find me bellied up. 

As I have been eating today, I am cleaning up my act. My snack today consisted of an apple with peanut butter on it and it got me thinking about one of the best food lessons I've learned. 

Less is More.

When I say this, I am talking about the amount of ingredients that are in your foods. If you are eating whole, real foods there is only one ingredient. My snack today was an apple. The peanut butter I chose was one that had fewer ingredients than other brands.  Yes, I sit in the aisle and do a glance over the amount of ingredients that are typically in my pantry staples. I've always said that I'm not a huge label reader. You can read more about that here. But it doesn't take much time or knowledge to know that less is more when it comes to your food. So as the day has progressed I found myself making a list of things that I try to "upgrade" when shopping. 

  1. Peanut Butter--even within a brand you can find healthier options by going natural.
  2. Ketchup--get the one that doesn't have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it
  3. Salad Dressings--I typically buy the dressing that is in the cooler instead of the shelf. 
  4. Vegetables--I converted over to frozen instead of canned.
  5. Pickles--this one just gets me. When I actually read the pickle label and saw yellow dye in it. Even though the more I think about it, I don't think I bought the right kind last time...
  6. Mac & Cheese--Since we tend to eat A LOT of this and I haven't found a homemade recipe that we love, I usually buy organic but if I not I make sure it is a dye free kind.

Those are just a few things that I thought of today but I know there are more. What are some "less is more" or "food upgrades" that you do around your house?

Have a great day!

Tracy

 

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