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Jaashinta's secret ingredient table

Friday, February 02, 2018

SHOPPING healthy prompts healthy eating, says our Shopper of the Week Jaashinta Ben while sharing her shopping tips with us this week.

In avoiding those unwanted calories daily Ms Ben maintains her calories check and sticks to her very riveting secret ingredient table which she got from her mum.

"I have seven brothers and four sisters and coming from a military and farming background has had a great impact on what I prefer to do and eat," Ms Ben said.

"Apart from working for FRA for three years there was consciousness of not only being mentally but physically fit too. This had me joining zumba sessions at YMCA on Tuesdays and on Thursdays for one hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm with active joy of hiking and treking twice a month.

"Joining zumba has reframed me or has reminded me daily to keep in check what I should eat and in what amounts."

She said her love for seafood held her captive which meant seafood was always part of her grocery shopping list.

"It was simple advice and knowledge that's been passed down from my father that allowed me to prepare and buy seafood at the right time," she said.

"Shopping with a grocery list and checking small details were some simple things I've learned over the years from my father and that has shaped the way I do my grocery shopping today."

Ms Ben shops twice a month preferably at New World Supermarket because it offers quality products and it provides her with what she often looks for while on her shopping run.

"Making a healthy choice has been a part of my life while growing up and therefore checking my calories and ingredient table has been important through my daily living. So what I consume in my diet is very important," she said.

"Through my experience in shopping it is advisable to buy quality products and never to do impulsive buying.

It's important to check prices for same products at other supermarkets, checking the ingredient and calories on the label while shopping is vital and last but not least checking for expiry dates."

If you see her at the supermarket you would likely see basic food items in her basket or trolley. "I buy a lot of vegetables and moderate amount of meat such as chicken and fish that would be just right for a family of four and I buy less tinned products too," she said.

"Shopping with my dad has taught me things like the importance of making a list and steering clear from impulsive buying and I normally spend $300 twice a month on food items and other important household supplies."

Ms Ben takes pleasure in doing her grocery runs with her siblings Suzan, Sarah and Meeshal.

"My siblings are good at spotting things, picking things from our list, pricing and carrying the groceries," she said.

When describing the changes she would like to see that would help locals shop smarter, Ms Ben said it would be nice to see people write a list down and buy accordingly.

When she says buy accordingly she refers to buying goods according to the three balanced food groups and she strongly believes that fresh supply of vegetables and fruits makes life so healthy and easy.

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