A week ago the Avera Heart Hospital team of Registered Dietitians kicked off a 6 week program they are calling "Mission Nutrition." Nancy Naeve Brown jumped in with both feet and this week everyone who signed up to participate is learning how to get the healthiest groceries.
The first meeting of Avera Heart Hospital's Mission Nutrition was January 9th. Mission Nutrition is a 6 week nutrition challenge and healthy lifestyle program. I'm one of the proud members of the Rockin' Reducers! Registered Dietitian Nikki Ver Steeg is our fearless leader. We meet every Monday night in the Empire Mall food court to go over that week's goal. Last week we talked breakfast.
Nikki says, "When you are looking at breakfast what most everyone forgets is protein. We tend to go for that bowl of cereal, toast, coffee, but we want to focus on getting a good protein source at every meal. That could be eggs, yogurt, peanut butter add fruit and make it balanced. Protein keeps you full so you can make it to lunch."
This week is all about what to buy and what to watch out for when grocery shopping so Nikki went shopping with me at the HyVee on 26th and Marion in Sioux Falls.
Nikki says, "When you are talking grocery store that's a tough one because there are so many things to sort through. Really focus on fewer ingredients. If you can shoot for fewer ingredients in your food, the better off you'll be."
And while you are reading the labels make sure to keep your eye open for red flags like trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup especially if they are listed as the first five ingredients.
Nikki says, "You don't want the fat to come from oil, we want the fat to come from the nut. So when buying nuts make sure oil isn't one of the ingredients listed."
Nikki says it comes down to eating whole foods that aren't so processed. Choose fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and if you are going to have bread it's got to be 100% whole wheat with no high fructose corn syrup. Bye-bye my soft white bread. I'll miss you.
So remember fresh is best, choose wisely by reading labels and when you get home don't eat it all in one sitting. I bet portion control is a whole other week.
Everything I'm learning about is posted weekly on Avera Heart Hospital's website. They are also blogging on facebook just *like* Mission Nutrition and you can follow along too. The next segment on this is focusing on snacks.