Monday, March 18, 2019
by Sherri Hoyt, Missouri Baptist Medical Center registered dietitian
MBMC | BJC employees, spouses and dependents enrolled in the BJC Medical Plan are entitled to up to $1,000 worth of nutrition counseling services per calendar year, with no out-of-pocket expenses, as long as the services are received from providers in the BJC Facility Network or Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) Network.
But did you know that you can apply this nutrition counseling benefit toward a grocery store tour led by a Missouri Baptist Medical Center registered dietitian nutritionist?
If you’re doing more of your grocery shopping online, take a break from clicking at your desk and cruise the aisles in person. On your personal tour, you’ll learn how to quickly navigate the aisles and fill your cart with foods to make meals and snacks that suit your tastes and your health goals. And you’ll learn to save precious minutes when you shop with a list in hand that’s organized to match your store’s layout.
For example, group fresh produce or dairy items together. And cruise right on by the aisles with tempting foods not on your list — such as the chip and cookie aisles.
Our dietitians can also answer your questions, such as, “Should I limit grocery shopping to the perimeter of the store?”
Certainly, you can load the cart with good-for-you options, including fresh produce, seafood, poultry, low-fat dairy and whole-grain breads found in the perimeter of the store. But other wholesome foods, such as frozen fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, olive oil, nuts, legumes and whole grains — such as quinoa, oats and wild rice — are typically tucked in the interior aisles. They dish up flavor and a variety of health benefits.
Have you noticed the new food labels in the aisles? Scheduled to appear on packages beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the new labels are already appearing on many foods. One important update is that added sugars are now required to be listed on the label. The current label combines natural and added sugars under the single heading of “sugars.”
Added sugars are the sugars, including syrups, honey and concentrated fruit juice, added to foods and beverages in processing. A diet high in added sugar is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. With the new label, you’ll be able to clearly separate natural from added sugars present in foods.
Have you noticed creative cuts of veggies sprouting up in the fresh produce and frozen food aisles? Spiralized zucchini, butternut squash and beet “noodles,” riced cauliflower, and fresh sweet potatoes cut into crinkle fries are trendy.
Learn tips for turning these novel shapes into quick mealtime options that may inspire even non-veggie eaters to become fans. For example, sauté zucchini “zoodles” with olive oil and garlic, then finish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and walnuts.
Try steam-in-the-bag riced cauliflower in place of traditional rice in a stir fry. Spritz sweet potato “fries” with olive oil, then bake — you’ll have fries ready in a fraction of the time it takes to bake a whole potato. Serve with a side of vanilla yogurt spiked with cinnamon for dipping.
A dietitian-led tour can give you an update on new food products to end dinnertime doldrums, teach you how to select seasonal produce for optimal flavor and give you lots of tips for getting the most from your food dollar.
For more information or to schedule your personal grocery store tour, call the MBMC registered dietitian nutritionists, 314-996-4987.
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