When you’re out gathering supplies, don’t forget to check the labels for nutritional information. Anything you see labeled “healthy” should contain at least 10 percent of the daily value for an important nutrient. The food should also be low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
You’ll also want to load up on whole grain products, such as breads and cereals, dried beans, and brown rice. Remember that pasta is high in protein, B vitamins, and iron. And when it comes to buying your greens, it’s most nutritious to choose the greenest. Dark greens and reds in salad greens indicate that beta carotene and other carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and other nutrients are in the food.
Keep in mind that some frozen foods might actually contain more nutrients than fresh foods that have been on the shelf or in your refrigerator too long. While you’re in the frozen section, be aware of what you’re buying. Many frozen prepared foods are high in fat and sodium content.