Alpha Nutrition Kitchen
Good health begins by making the right purchases at the grocery store. The
first strategy is to purchase real foods, as close to the natural state as
possible. In the best tradition of cooking, the chef makes a trip every day to
the garden or market to choose fresh produce to cook that day. Attending the
market is part of the pleasure and art of preparing food. We realize, of course
that most people have lost the most enjoyable opportunities to find and prepare
food and attend the local supermarket with some reluctance to buy enough food
for a week or more. Supermarkets have thousands of products for sale. Your job
is to select about 50 of the best food items and ignore the rest. You are
interested in less than 5% of items that are for sale.
Price is a major consideration and many products are promoted by
special discount prices and not by quality, safety or health considerations.
Many stores have specialty and “health food” sections with higher priced
packaged goods that are of little or no interest to us.
One the plus side, supermarket chains do a wonderful job of keeping the
shelves stocked with a variety of vegetables and fruits every day of the year.
You make friends with produce section of the store and the produce manager if he
or she is available. The trick is to develop a route through the store that
minimizes your exposure to the products that you are not going to buy. You are
not going to buy baked goods, so avoid the disappointment of gazing at all
the breads and bakery items. Similarly the long coolers filling with dairy
products and eggs are not interesting; you pass by hardly noticing that they are
there. The long rows of packaged crackers, cookies, snack foods and bakery goods
are almost invisible as we quickly find our way to the rice cakes and rice
pastas. There are several varieties of rice available. We buy a 10 kg bag of
Jasmine rice from Thailand as the staple food (this is often the best bargain in
the entire store.) One kilogram bags of sticky rice are bought
occasionally to make desserts, sushi and special Thai meals. Some brown rice
varieties are good for breakfast cereals and special meals. Rice pastas in
different shapes and sizes are now more available and are wonderful substitutes
for gluten-based pastas.
The frozen juice and vegetable section is interesting. You develop a routine
of buying some favorite vegetable mixes as “fast foods” when you are in a hurry
and don’t have time to prepare fresh vegetables. One of the program
recommendations is that you combine vegetables in groups of 4 or more. Many of
the frozen mixes do that for you and most are nutritionally desirable. Some
frozen fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries might appeal.
Frozen orange juice, unsweetened, is a stable food. We mix Alpha ENF or Alpha
DMX in orange juice for breakfast every morning.
The frozen juice section is full of “cocktails” and “punches” which are high
sugar concoctions that should be avoided. The label should read “unsweetened.”
The idea, of course, is that fruit juice already contains enough natural sugars
to satisfy your needs, so that adding more sugar is not desirable.
Continue with me on our adventure --- cooking simple, delicious meals
designed to get better,