Strawberries Take the Cake!
I often find myself walking through the market unsure if I should buy apples or oranges, strawberries or raspberries, all purpose flour or bread flour. I would easily replace one with the other if I thought it was better for me. I like raspberries as much as I like strawberries, and so on. Although I know that VARIETY is the key to a healthy diet, there are times when one choice fares much better than the other.
The Philadelphia markets do not have NuVal, but I really wish they did! I have, on more than one occasion, texted my sister in law to ask her which fruit has more antioxidants, or which flour was better for my health. As you can see by my entire blog design, I really love berries, but I never know which one to buy! We can’t eat more than one pint at a time without some spoiling, so each week we need to make a choice… strawberries? blueberries? raspberries? blackberries?
I can only imagine the choices an uneducated person has to make.
At this point in my life I am comfortable making any changes to my lifestyle and diet that would make me a healthier, stronger woman. I could choke down wheatgrass shots every morning if I thought they would benefit me tremendously. Ok…. maybe not wheatgrass, but you get the point! I truly enjoyed my iced coffees with milk and sugar, but when I realized how harmful they were for me, I completely cut out the sugar over time. It was hard work, but now I enjoy plain iced coffee with a splash of skim milk even more than I used to enjoy the sugary stuff.
NuVal rates each food or food product on a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the score is, the better the nutrition (from NuVal.com). That means that in an instant I can compare two foods without having to read nutrition facts or ingredient lists. A NuVal rep recently gave me the score for my beloved berries.
Here they are:
All four berries I love have high scores, but with perfect 100s, I will definitely be picking strawberries and blueberries over their other friends.
The NuVal website shares lots of information about selecting the best food for you, so even if they have not hit your market yet, check them out! Now… if only they would add easy recipes to those unfamiliar vegetables…. Rutabaga, anyone?