Kaylor: Shopping smart
Smart shopping starts before you set foot inside the grocery store. A successful shopping plan will save you time, money and effort and help you buy what you need for preparing nutritious meals and snacks.
Use these tips to help you build a successful shopping list and to navigate through the grocery store.
1. Dig for deals: Before you go, read through store flyers, look for coupons and specials and plan meals around specially priced foods.
2. Make a shopping list: Check your menu and your kitchen inventory, and make a shopping list of items you need.
3. Schedule shopping: Head to the grocery store when you have time to concentrate on shopping.
4. Eat before you go: Hungry shoppers will be more tempted to buy items they don’t need.
5. Check Nutrition Facts: The Nutrition Facts panel on food packaging is a convenient source of nutrition information for shoppers.
6. Buy perishables in right amounts: Buy only what can be used while they keep their peak of freshness.
Some fresh vegetables, like spinach and green beans, lose up to 75 percent of their vitamin C within seven days of harvest, even when kept at the recommended refrigerator temperature.
MAPLE SWEET POTATOES
2 sweet potatoes (large)
2 tblsp. yogurt
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 tblsp. orange juice
Rinse and scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush. Prick potato skins with a fork and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
Scoop potatoes out of the skin into a medium bowl. Mash and stir in rest of ingredients. Microwave 1-2 minutes to heat through.
– Information compiled by Carolee Kaylor, NDSU Extension Family Nutrition Program
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