There have always been myths surrounding grocery shopping and food preparation. The important thing to remember, though, is that just because something is a habit, doesn’t mean it’s a fact.

Here are five of the most common food myths, and the truth behind them:

  1. It takes too long to cook for a whole family: While preparing a Thanksgiving feast might be an all-day affair, a simple and healthy family meal doesn’t have to be. A healthy and nutritious meal can be made in minutes with the right recipe. Try pasta with diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, beans and a dash of Italian seasoning. This meal can be put together quickly, and it still offers nutritional value.
  2. It costs too much to eat healthy: Organic and international foods do tend to be more expensive. However, that doesn’t mean eating healthy is. Many meals you can cook at home are actually less expensive than eating out. Try stocking some canned or frozen vegetables in your pantry and freezer. You’ll have produce on hand, and the ability to put together an affordable, healthy meal for your family.
  3. Fresh produce is too expensive: Staying within budget is actually quite easy to do if you know where to look for fresh produce. Pre-cut, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables look great, but they’re often a more expensive option. By purchasing your fruits and vegetables whole, you will save money. In-season produce is another great option. Due to its volume, it’s generally lower in price.
  4. Canned and frozen foods aren’t fresh: We often associate frozen and canned foods with a lack of freshness. However, fruits and vegetables are often picked at peak freshness before they are frozen or canned. This means they don’t lose the fresh taste or quality you are accustomed to seeing in the produce section. Freezing foods will allow you to have the ingredients you need on hand when preparing a dish—just check out all the ways you can use frozen spinach.
  5. My kids won’t eat that: Studies suggest that children who have diets rich in fruits and vegetables maintain a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, it’s important to offer these choices to your family. If you’re having trouble getting your children to eat produce, try combining it with some of their favorite dishes. Chicken noodle soup or french toast are perfect for sneaking an extra helping of fruits or vegetables into their diets. That way, your children can have the foods they love while also getting a healthy meal. You can also invite your child to cook with you. He or she will be excited to try something they helped make.

Don’t forget that Meijer is here to help bust these food myths by offering chances to save with mPerks and a wide selection of fresh, local and organic food. For recipe ideas, visit our Ready for You page.

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