these quick and handy guidelines for finding healthier options
of your favorite foods.
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Here are Jones’ quick recommendations for specific foods:
Cereals and breads: Look for less than 6g of sugar and
at least 3-5g of fiber per serving. Look for the word “whole”
(before grains, wheat, etc.) as the first ingredient listed.
Dairy alternatives: Whether you’re buying almond, soy,
or coconut milk, make sure you’re getting the unsweetened
version. Protip: It should say “unsweetened” on the package, no
sugar or sweetener should be listed as an ingredient, and one
serving should have less than about 1g of carbs.
Yogurt: Go for plain Greek yogurt, which generally has
half the sugar and twice the protein of regular plain yogurt.
Nut butters: Ideally your nut butters should contain
only the nuts and a bit of salt. These are healthier choices
than anything with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, other
sweeteners, and added oils.
Dips and spreads like hummus and guacamole: Look for
simple ingredients that make sense and mimic how the item would
be made at home. This often means choosing hummus, guacamole,
and salsa over dips like ranch or onion dip. And when it comes
to dips, always pay special attention to the %DV of sodium.