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How breakfast and healthy grocery shopping can affect your health

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Check out your nearest grocery store and you’ll likely find thousands of choices.

I’m not trying to come between devoted husbands and their wives wishes, but dietitians say the list of nutrition facts is the place to start.

“I don’t deviate from our list,” shopper Jack Elder said, “See here’s my list.”

“Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day,” Jess Buschmann, a Clinical Dietician, said.

Buschmann says to look out for sugar, specifically added sugar.

It’s listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The CDC says Americans get too much-added sugar and that can lead to health problems including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

Some cereals have a sugary reputation.

But Buschmann says the amount in some yogurt, along with flavored oatmeal’s and milk may surprise you.

“The more ingredients you can pronounce the better,” Buschmann said, “You find yourself starting to read the labels and then you get discouraged because sugar is in everything.”

Preplanning, Buschmann says, will help your family.

She says list five meals your kids enjoy.

Make sure you include at least three food groups each meal.

Consider whole grains and carbohydrates like bread, cereal, or fruit for quick energy.

Protein, like eggs or lean meat, keeps you feeling more full, longer.

And dairy helps build bones.

“Here we have a few quick options that could be a couple of things. Avocado toast is very trendy right now, but also very good and very nutritious for you. You can also swap out an egg” says Buschmann.

Buschmann says fruit with peanut butter is an option to start.

“Yes, healthy eating is harder, but absolutely not impossible,” she added.

She says it’s never too late to make your grocery store choices healthier.

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