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Super Simple Health Secret: Keep Healthy Foods Handy

People will eat what is available to them. You will be amazed at how much less junk food you consume when you make it difficult to get. You will find yourself reaching for the healthy foods you DO have on hand. You do have some on hand, don’t you?

Essential point: Don’t buy a lot of junk food and have it readily available for what I like to call “mindless munching“. Instead, buy fresh fruits and keep a fruit bowl handy. The favorites are bananas, peaches, apples.

If you don’t regularly buy junk food, how often are you going to want a chip so badly that you would be willing to walk to the store and buy a bag? By the same token, if you make healthy foods easily available, your likelihood of choosing a piece of fruit for a snack rises dramatically.

Be strategic about your food choices when you are not hungry, and you will be much more health oriented when you are.

Healthy foods in storage containers

What Research Says

University of North Carolina researchers found that for every additional supermarket in their neighborhood, people become 32 percent more likely to eat their recommended daily portion of fruits and vegetables – just because affordable and nutritious foods were more readily available.

Grab and Go Cottage Crunch Recipe

1/2 cup fresh or canned peach slices in light syrup, drained
1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese (see note)
1/2 cup raisin bran cereal

  1. Place peaches in clear plastic cup; top with layers of cottage cheese and cereal.
  2. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: Substitute your favorite low-fat yogurt for the cottage cheese.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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