Foods to Toss to Eat More Healthfully (cont.)

Now that you've cleared some space in your kitchen, what foods should you be sure to have on hand?

Chantal Gariepy, RD, a dietitian with Sansum Medical Clinic, says her top picks are whole grains and whole-grain products like 100% whole-wheat bread and crackers, as well as plant sources of essential fats like olive oil, canola oil, and nuts.

And when it comes to fruits and vegetables, Gariepy notes that, generally, the more color, the healthier.

To replace those sugary soft drinks you've cleared from your fridge, here's a Halloweeny recipe for a punch made with fruit juice and diet soda.

Haunted (Black Cauldron) Punch

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup fruit juice.

This punch will stain (because of the grape juice), so serve it outside or in a well-protected area.

6 cups 100% grape juice (the dark purple type)
6 cups diet orange soda
6 cups diet ginger ale soda

  • Add all ingredients to a large serving punch bowl and stir gently to blend well.
  • Add ice or frozen "hands" (made by freezing water inside a new rubber glove) as desired.

Yield: 18 one-cup servings of punch

Per serving: 53 calories, 0.5 g protein, 12.7 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber, 20 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 1%.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2006 Elaine Magee

Published October 27, 2006

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