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Healthy Vegan Grocery Haul

Healthy Vegan Grocery Haul

I've received tons of requests asking about what kinds of groceries I buy throughout the week and how much I spend on them. This video will give you a brief overview of my vegan grocery haul. My favorite place to get groceries is the farmer's market. Everything tastes better, it's local, and it's generally cheaper. When I can't get things from the farmer's market, I buy my groceries from Costco because they offer great deals and many options. I buy different groceries depending on what I need, what I'm in the mood for, or what's available at the time. Frozen and dried fruit usually last 3-4 weeks and the fresh produce will last about 1 week and a half. The produce in this video amounts to $96.00 and throughout the week, I'll pick up an additional $30 dollars worth of food. This consists of frozen bananas, cauliflower, zucchini, herbs, and extra produce.

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Is it enough to exercise in your collection of boxy, oversized T-shirts? Of course it is. If that’s what you have on hand, that’s how you make do. I even ran a 5-kilometre race in an extra-large "Lord of the Rinks" shirt because it happened to be at the top of my laundry pile that day.  But, if you're constantly toughing it out in cotton T-shirts, it might make sense to give your workout wardrobe a bit of an update. When you invest in well-made exercise apparel, you cash in on key functional and psychological advantages that impact the quality of your routine, your emotional wellbeing, and your long-term fitness goals. You won't have to empty your wallet to do this, either. Here are a few reasons why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident.

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

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Endless possibilities await you at the grocery store. One simple trip can make or break your diet. If you're just starting to try clean grocery shopping and you're wondering what to get and what to avoid, these basic tips are definitely worth keeping in mind. Clean grocery shopping : What to get and what to avoid  - Mini infographic from the PumpUp Blog

Plan your grocery route

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A quick and easy rule to follow is to shop around the perimeters of the store for fresh and frozen products. Avoid the aisles that contain processed foods and junk food, especially if you're clean grocery shopping. Be familiar with what aisles have your staple products to avoid the tempting cookies and chips. Try to keep your shopping cart colorful because every color has a different source of vitamin and mineral in it.

Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned food

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Should you buy fresh, frozen or canned? Always buy fresh, if possible! What do I mean by if possible? Try only buying in-season fresh items. What’s in season? Easy! It’s usually the sale items in the fresh produce section! Purchase enough for one week as fresh produce can go bad pretty fast. If you have extra food, freeze it.(BUT: remember to blanch your vegetables before freezing them). Your next pick would be frozen food. Watch for the sodium content in frozen products! Last would be canned. Again, keep an eye out for the sodium content in canned food products when you're clean grocery shopping. Rinsing and draining cans may reduce the sodium content by as much as 40%. For canned fruits, try to find fruits canned in juice or light syrup. Avoid fruits canned in syrup or heavy syrup, as this will add a lot of unnecessary sugar to the sugar content. For canned meat, avoid getting oil-soaked meat and try to find meat soaked in water to reduce the fat content.

The grainy details about 'whole grain' food

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Fifty percent of your grains should come from whole grains, but be careful! Many items that are advertised as “whole grain” in the supermarket are actually made with enriched flour, which takes out a big chunk of nutrition out from the grains. Read the ingredients and the first word you should see is “whole.” If it’s not there, pick up something else and check.

Common culprits

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Watch for the fat content in dairy such as milk and cheese! For yogurt, read the amount of sugar it has in the nutrition label and the serving size! Fruit yogurt is usually loaded with sugar and artificial flavouring. A healthier alternative would be to buy nonfat plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to it. Not sweet enough? Add a touch of honey. Juice is another grocery item that you will want to watch for sugar on.   Always try to get unsweetened juice, not diet or juice sweetened with Splenda. How do you find out? Read the list of ingredients! If you have a great juicer at home, purchase your own fruits and vegetables and blend them yourself (you'll know exactly what's going into your juice). Last, but not least for my peanut butter lovers, keep an eye out for the sugar content contained in each jar! Natural peanut butter is a better bet.

These tips about clean grocery shopping were written by PumpUp member countrygirl4ever. Follow her on PumpUp to let her know your thoughts about this article! Do you have more great advice about clean grocery shopping? We want to hear from you!  Write down your suggestions in the comments below.