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3 Healthy Food Shopping Tips

Eating right isn't just a matter of consistently making better choices for meals and snacks. In fact, I'd argue that it starts before that, with the food you buy. If your fridge and pantry are well-stocked, you're automatically ahead of the game. These are some guidelines I offered the Rebuccis (go to familycircle.com/healthyfamily2011 to learn more about them and our healthy family program).

By Regina Ragone

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Spend the bulk of your time in the produce department, since you should aim for at least two fruits and three vegetable servings per person a day. Apples, oranges, and bananas (I love them peeled, cut into chunks and frozen) are probably already in your cart, but try whatever else is in season too. Vegetables can be a trickier sell with kids, so experiment with how you cook them to maximize appeal. Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and most other raw vegetables hit the spot when served with dip (just make sure it's low-fat). And remember the cardinal rule: If you don't eat it, they won't either.

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