for your health
By Kristin Kirkpatrick
JUST BECAUSE YOU buy in
bulk doesn’t mean you have to
eat in bulk. In fact, buying in
bulk can actually help you reach
your goals by making healthy
foods more budget friendly and by giving you
the tools you need to control portions. All you
need is a plan, and the key to eating smart
starts with buying smart.
ries and is a bigger time commitment, whereas
downing a glass of orange juice will cost you
about 140 calories within a few seconds.
Make your own bags of trail mix
This snack takes only minutes to put
together, yet provides a week’s worth of on-the-go energy. Purchase nuts, dried fruit and
dark chocolate chips and mix them together
in a large bowl in equal amounts. Then take
individual sandwich bags and measure out
¼ cup of trail mix for pre-portioned trail mix
bags that you can grab every day.
Compared with an individual energy
bar, your fabulous mix will be much cheaper,
and healthier too, as nuts and dark chocolate
have been linked to a decreased risk of heart
attack and stroke.
Also try pre-portioning chips, pretzels
and popcorn, and be sure to store the excess
out of sight—in the back of the pantry, not at
eye level. Never underestimate the power of
“out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to
controlling how much you eat.
Use a glass bowl to help you eat
Place fruits and vegetables in a glass bowl
on the counter. One study showed that doing
something as simple as displaying fruits or
vegetables helped to increase healthy snacking among participants.
Use food storage containers
Store leftovers in small, individual-size
containers instead of in one huge container.
In fact, you can go a step further and pack
leftovers before you sit down to eat your meal.
That way, there won’t be extra food on the
table to tempt you to overeat.
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Many energy drinks contain large
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Buy appetizer or salad plates
Purchase pizza in individual slices
Eat foods you have to work for
Stock up on water or naturally
flavored seltzer water
Forgoing the entire pie and buying fresh
or frozen pizza in slices helps to avoid overdoing it with America’s favorite food.
Peanuts or pistachios in the shell, popcorn
kernels to cook on the stove instead of microwave, foods that need to be peeled and/or cut:
All take away mindless “autopilot” eating
opportunities. For example, peeling and eating
an orange will cost you approximately 80 calo-
Costco member Kristin Kirkpatrick is the
manager of wellness nutrition services at the
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute (http://
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In addition to boosting energy levels,
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plus beneficial amino acids, including
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And, as with any new dietary product, you should consult your doctor or
pharmacist before using.
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