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Shopping Tips for the Stuck-in-a-Rut Shopper

Leigh Anna Harken, 31, Ossining, New York

Leigh Anna and her husband, Andrew, are vegans, and the diet's restrictions -- no honey or dairy, for example -- can make it tricky to choose packaged goods. Leigh Anna tends to buy the same foods every week because she knows they're vegan-friendly. She and Andrew have to work hard to get enough of nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and iron.

Her Go-To Groceries

Whole wheat bread, a variety of produce, canned beans, tea, pasta, pasta sauce, natural peanut butter, orange juice, chocolate and plain soy milk

Better Grocery Buys

Go with the Grain
Leigh Anna's already getting plenty of fiber from her vegetable- and fruit-rich diet, which means she can skip whole wheat pasta and go with the regular semolina kind instead. It's an especially smart choice for vegans, since it's got more iron than whole wheat pasta.

Scrutinize Your Pasta Sauce
Leigh Anna reached for a jar with nearly a tablespoon of corn syrup per serving. Instead, we recommended Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce, with no added sugar or sweeteners, which was on special for $2.50 a jar.

Get Smart About Soy Milk
Andrew likes chocolate soy milk, but it packs nearly 5 teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce glass. Adding a tablespoon of light chocolate syrup to plain soy milk will give him the sweet taste he loves and cut the amount of sugar in half.

Comparison Shop
In the juice section, Leigh Anna makes a healthy choice for Andrew with a 128-ounce jug of calcium- and vitamin D-fortified OJ. But she can save $2 by buying two 64-ounce containers of Minute Maid Kids+ Orange Juice, which was on sale. Not only is it fortified with calcium and D, but it also has 20 percent of the daily value for vitamin E per serving.

Total savings: about $13

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009.


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christina.burt wrote:

Part2 to my message...I recently had a full body analysis regarding cholesterol, LDL, HDL Tryglycerides etc. and everything is in perfect health. So I really wish articles would STOP spouting off about vegetarians & vegan and not getting enough protein...PLEASE do more research. Thank you.

2/29/2012 12:38:17 PM Report Abuse
christina.burt wrote:

The article is not that bad, however, I am so tired of hearing that vegetarians and vegans have a hard time getting enough protein...this is so not true!! I have been vegan for over 6 yrs and I have no problems getting my protein and all the other nutrients I need.

2/29/2012 12:37:47 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I didn't learn ANYTHING. Actually I learned daddy eats meat. Why deprive the kids? Buy free range & reap the benefits. Buy anything that doesn't come in a box. Raw forms, like spinach. OMG so lame.

1/8/2011 11:38:59 AM Report Abuse
anais_perfectio wrote:

really handy and smart!

4/8/2010 02:48:05 PM Report Abuse

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