Today is our third Monday on our grocery store tour. If you missed our first two stops, check our old blogs for the bread and produce sections. We continue around the perimeter of the store, the place where you can usually find the healthiest and freshest items. Remember, fill your cart up with perimeter grocery items and you may be less likely to put so many processed foods from the center of the store in your cart.
Our third stop: The Meat and Cheese Section.
Packaged sandwich meats and sausages often have a lot of sodium. At least the sandwich meats are typically very low in fat!
Packaged cuts of meat have a lot of sodium and sometimes a lot of sugar if they have been packaged with marinade.
Look for lean cuts of meat. The less white you see in a beef cut, the leaner the cut will be. Generally, the leanest steaks will be sirloin and the fattiest steaks will likely be rib eye or t-bone.
When picking a ground meat, look at nutrition labels. Often, ground chicken and turkey contain as much or more fat than some ground beefs. Opt for a leaner ground meat, 93/7 or higher.
Fish like salmon and tuna is high in the good fats. It may be expensive, but it is packed with nutritional benefits.
Cheese is probably everyone's weakness. They are starting to sell low fat or low sodium cheese now, so see if you like the flavor as much as regular cheese. Keep in mind that part-skim does not mean low fat.