Whole or Processed Food: Which is Best?

The common suggestion to shop the circumference of the grocery store can be helpful if you are trying to decrease your processed food intake, but that doesn’t mean foods in the aisles are unhealthy.

Many diets today promote the intake of only whole foods, but let’s be real. In today’s busy world, convenience foods can be extremely helpful and can have just as much nutritional value if you choose wisely.

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Corn Chowder

Corn is the hot item in the summer, and a corn chowder is oh-so-satisfying and comforting. Pair this with some grilled shrimp or chicken and a side salad for a well-balanced meal. You can always substitute the heavy cream for low-fat milk to reduce the fat and calories; however, it will not be as thick. Enjoy!
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Grilled Oysters with Sriracha Butter

Oysters on the grill are a nutritious and easy appetizer to make. One serving, or 3 ounces, of these tasty little guys provide 567 percent of our daily value of B12, which helps with better brain and cognitive health, especially for older adults. They also provide 128 percent of our daily value of zinc, a mineral to help with immunity, male health and wound healing.

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Sheet Pan Restaurant-Style Salsa

Summer is the time for fresh, in-season tomatoes. One way to spice up your life is to make homemade salsa, which is so much better than the stuff you buy at the grocery store! By roasting the vegetables first, you develop more of a smoky flavor, sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This goes great over tacos, scrambled eggs or with your favorite tortilla chip.

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Add Plant Protein to Your Diet

As a dietitian, I would never encourage everyone to go strictly vegan or vegetarian. Many people enjoy meat, and that is okay, but research shows that a reduction in animal protein (beef, pork, lamb and processed meats in particular) can improve health, including a reduction in cardiovascular disease, prevention or better management of diabetes, and reduced risk of cancer.

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