Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

What to buy at the grocery store?

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I thought I was a fairly decent grocery shopper. Over the last few years I’ve cut way back on the junk so many of us buy out of convenience.

And when I cook dinner, I generally use fresh ingredients and minimal processed items. But the other day a family member who shall remain nameless pointed out to me the high sugar content of a few of the item’s I’ve bought because I thought they were healthy.

This included light yogurt that varied from 6 to 12 grams of sugar per six-ounce container to crunchy granola bars at 12 grams. When you consider that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 20 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men, that’s a large percentage of sugar for such small packages.

What to do? I buy bananas, which is about the only fruit that generally gets eaten in my house. Apples sit in the fridge (unless I bring them in my lunch to work). Grapes and strawberries sometimes get eaten (of course I try to buy them only in season), but only if I wash them and put them out. Blueberries are one of my favorites and I buy lots of them in season, but of course that’s for a very short time during the year. Other fruits, including various citruses, rot and get thrown out before anybody eats them. It sort of reminds me of the episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where Raymond’s parents get signed up for the fruit-of-the-month club as a gift and then ask what they’re supposed to do with all that fruit.

Lunch meats and cheeses, even freshly sliced from the supermarket deli, are processed and not necessarily so great for us. So what are we supposed to keep in our homes for our families to eat for meals other than dinner? I feel pressure to buy healthy items but am no longer sure what they are.

And I’m tired of family members complaining there’s nothing to eat because I haven’t bought any junky snack items. Or complaining that all we have in the house is junk.

Help!

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