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“What’s in your shopping basket?”

Ever wondered what foods dietitians shop for? We decided to find out.

One small thing: Spread peanut butter onto wholewheat crackers and top this with thin slices of banana for a simple, healthy snack that will keep you going for longer.

With so much information out there about what healthy foods you should be eating, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or even expensive – it’s about sticking to basics.

We asked registered dietitian Leanne Kiezer to share her most frequent foodie purchases, and here’s what she said:

Peanut butter

This delicious source of protein and healthy fats is a hit with my son. Try spreading it on dry wholewheat crackers and top with thin slices of banana for a really simple, healthy snack that will keep you fuller for longer.

Skinless chicken thighs

I prefer thighs to chicken breasts as they’re more tender and juicy. They are a little higher in fat, but their saturated fat content is far lower than some cuts of red meat. My favourite meal is a “Buddha bowl”, which consists of bulgur wheat, grilled pieces of chicken with Moroccan spice, canned chickpeas, chopped peppers, fresh herbs, lemon juice and chilli olive oil.

Bananas

A perfect on-the-go snack. I like to add bananas to my family’s daily smoothie. If they start going off, freeze them – they make delicious and creamy-tasting iced lollies.

Lean mince

Mince is so versatile, and leftovers are fabulous in a wrap or simply on toast. Use mince dishes to conceal veggies, such as finely chopped carrots, peppers and broccoli, and add lentils and puréed baked beans, all of which will boost the overall nutrition value. Lean red meat is one of the best food sources of iron and vitamin B12.

A range of veggies

I buy different vegetables every week to make sure my family gets a wide range of nutrients, but carrots, baby marrows, broccoli, peppers and green beans always feature in my basket.

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