Processed Foods: All Bad?

I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger lately! Hopefully you don’t feel too neglected!

When your trying to eat healthy, its easy to jump to a general conclusion that ALL fresh foods are good, and ALL processed foods are bad. While eating fresh and natural foods is definitely good for you, it’s also true that not ALL processed foods are bad. This is especially nice to know when your short on cash or in a hurry. So what ARE the healthy processed foods you ask? Here you go…

Yogurt: The process used to make yogurt is what makes it so good for you. In addition to the calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals yogurt delivers, the active bacteria cultures that give it its tangy taste are probiotics that are thought to provide digestive health benefits. Use unsweetened greek yogurt and add fresh fruit or honey for the most healthy option.

Canned Beans: Beans are an excellent source of protein (especially for those who don’t eat meat) and fiber. Sure, you can buy, dry and soak them (thereby processing them yourself). But you can’t beat the convenience of canned. Look for reduced-sodium brands, or drain and rinse your beans before eating.

Spaghetti Sauce from a Jar:  The process of cooking actually improves the quality of the antioxidant carotenoids that give tomatoes their color, making jarred sauce a healthful choice. Such sauces usually are seasoned with herbs, which add vitamins and minerals such as potassium.

Frozen Veggies:  Vegetables harvested at their peak and immediately frozen retain all their nutritional value, allowing us to enjoy their benefits year round. They’re often less expensive than fresh produce, too.

Peanut Butter: A great source of protein and heart-healthy fats, this tasty, versatile spread is most healthy when made with just peanuts and salt. “Normal” peanut butter has lots of bad-for-you ingredients like high fructose corn syrup!

SO, if you feeling too busy to eat healthy, think again!

Have a happy healthy day!



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