12 Foods to Put in Your Grocery Cart in 2012

The New Year is a great time to do some new things (healthy things) on the food front. Here are 12 tasty "good foods for good health" to put on your grocery list for 2012.

    1. Dark Greens – Choose kale, Swiss chard, collards, etc. for their amazing line-up of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Lots of flavor, easy to use. Try one of our kale salads in the deli if you want to "dip a toe" into tasting these great greens. Or check our recipe collection for some cooking ideas.
    2. Edamame – Big on fiber and minerals that are important for your bones, heart and brain. You can find fresh beans in our produce section, frozen beans in our freezers and in our deli salad case, where we have several salads that contain edamame. Personal favorite: Spanish Chickpea and Edamame Salad.
    3. Tea – 2-3 cups of unsweetened tea a day can offer a boost to your immune system and heart health. Tea has plenty of substances to help protect cells from damage. 
    4. Barramundi – A white fish from Australia and Vietnam. Mild in flavor, rich in omega-3s, sustainably raised/harvested.
    5. Hummus – An excellent substitute spread for mayo or a nice dip with veggies. Contains protein, fiber and healthy fats. The Eat Well Be Well line has lentil and edamame varieties of hummus, too.
    6. Spices Perfect for ticking back the salt and sugar. Try cinnamon, ginger, fennel and turmeric. They offer digestive and immune benefits, too. 
    7. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) – A whole grain rich in fiber, protein and minerals. Great substitute for rice, and it cooks in half the time.
    8. Kefir – A drinkable type of yogurt rich in the "good bacteria" your digestive system values. (Offers more good bacteria than spoon-able yogurt.)
    9. Potassium-rich foods – such as bananas, oranges, sweet potatoes, dried plums, halibut, tomatoes, beans and yogurt – are important for heart health, blood pressure and bones. 
    10. Water – Try infusing some natural flavor to it for a bump in taste. Slice your favorite fruit, berries or even vegetables. Wrap in cheese cloth, dunk into pitcher of water and let steep in refrigerator.
    11. Chocolate – Select 72% cocoa content or higher. Cocoa has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and a mood-enhancing effect.
    12. A new food – Make a resolution to try one new food a week. With thousands of items in our stores, there are endless possibilities. It's a great strategy for broadening your food horizons. 

Check out our recipe directory for recipe ideas.

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