Skip to main content

Book review: Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by David Zinczenko

Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival GuideEat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by David Zinczenko

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An easy guide to buying healthy food at the store. Because healthy food can be expensive, I liked the many money-saving tips. The book is more focused on the foods than the nutritional science behind their recommendations, but there are plenty of short tips and explanations. It’s packed with photos of food, so read on an empty stomach at your peril!

I skipped through a few of the sections, such as many snacks, candy, frozen meals, and energy drinks, since I rarely if ever consume those. The book recommends against eating most of these things regularly, but points out the healthier, lesser-of-two-evils options if you must indulge.

The book’s very helpful for decoding marketing labels and ingredients to help you recognize what’s healthy. The general advice: the simpler the food and the fewer the ingredients, the better. Choose natural over artificial ingredients.

Notes
Save money by buying canned, store-brand fruits and vegetables. Watch out for added sugar and sodium.
For canned meat and fish, choose packed in water, not oil.
Steam vegetables instead of boiling them.
Avoid pickles; they come from nutritionally weak cucumbers and are packed with sodium.

Food recommendations
Fish: chunk light tuna, shrimp, wild (not farmed) salmon, tilapia, catfish
Dairy: reduced fat or skim milk, yogurt, and cheese
Apples: Red Delicious
Bread: whole grain pita, whole wheat, rye. Look for more fiber than sugar, and few ingredients.
Deli meat: fresh roasted turkey (from deli), Hillshire Deli Select turkey
Cheese: mozzarella, Pepper Jack, goat, Swiss, feta, ricotta
Accents: salsa, pesto, cranberry sauce, hummus, guacamole
Spreads: Smart Balance Omega Spread, whipped butter. Butter is better than margarine, because margarine usually contains trans fat.
Peanut butter: should have 2 ingredients max: peanuts and salt
Fruit spreads: fruit should be 1st ingredient; no corn syrup
Pasta sauce: low sugar and fat
Pizza: Margherita, many vegetables, thin crust



View all my reviews

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The difference between burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas

I love Mexican food, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I always get confused between burritos, wet burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Here are the descriptions, with the differences in bold and pictures following each description.

burrito
A flour tortilla wrapped around a filling (meat, beans, vegetables, etc)


wet burrito
A burrito that's covered in red chili sauce and cheese. Because of the sauce covering, it looks like an enchilada, but it's made with a flour tortilla, whereas the enchilada is made with a corn tortilla.


chimichanga
A burrito that's deep-fried. Sometimes covered with cheese or another topping.


enchilada
A corn tortilla wrapped around a filling, covered with chili pepper sauce


Sources
Wikipedia: BurritoWikipedia: ChimichangaWikipedia: Enchilada

Edit scanned documents with Word 2007

Office 2007 includes support for converting scanned documents to editable text using OCR (optical character recognition). To get your text from a paper document to Word 2007:
In the Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.Find Microsoft Office, click it, and click Change.In the Office Installation Options window, expand Office Tools, click Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and select Run from My Computer from the dropdown.Click Continue or Next until you reach the end.You can now scan documents and convert the scanned images to editable text:
From the Start Menu, find Microsoft Office, then select Microsoft Office Tools, then click Microsoft Office Document Scanning.Choose your preset and options, then click Scan.The scanned image should open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging. To perform OCR and open the editable text in Word, click Tools, Send Text to Word.You can now edit and save the scanned document as a Word document.

Considering retiring this blog

I'm seriously considering retiring this blog. When I started it in 2008, it was a place for me to share thoughts and links on a variety of topics. For at least the last year, however, it's just been a place where I re-post book reviews from Goodreads.

You can see all my book reviews on my Goodreads profile, and subscribe to my Goodreads RSS feed to be notified of new reviews. I also intend to keep blogging about WordPress, web design, and web-related topics on my OptimWise blog, which also has an RSS feed.

Would you miss this blog if I discontinued it? Please leave a comment.