It’s Trade Up Tuesday! On these days, I blog about a trade up I’ve made since learning about NuVal scores and I give away something for free.
I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic about this blog lately. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing it for three and a half years! When I first started A Better Bag of Groceries, it wasn’t even called that. It was Nutrition By The Numbers Dot Blogspot Dot Com. It was a mouthful. I was so happy that my little idea for a Mom blog took off. We re-designed it with the help of a web designer who works at Harvard University and the blog you see today is the result of that work.
When I first got started at NuVal, I was intrigued by the scoring system, but I wasn’t really living it. It was through the blog that I started to truly live the NuVal way. Barilla Plus is one of those moments that I can remember. My husband and I were having dinner with our long-time friends, Pete and Heather. Pete is a marathoner who posts elite times and Heather is an amazing cook. They both had been reading my new-at-the-time blog, so Pete assumed that we had traded up to Barilla Plus or some other whole grain pasta. Um, no. We hadn’t. To be honest, I was afraid. I liked my pasta just the way it was. Even if it scored a 57 instead of a 91. After that dinner, we tried the Barilla Plus and we could not believe it. It tasted just like regular pasta. We never went back.
That pasta moment was the beginning of the Trade Ups for my family and me. I was no longer afraid to try new things. Why not try the highest scoring? Why not try Eden Garbanzo Beans that score a 100? They are delicious!
I rid my cart of some things that I was putting in there – just out of routine, or because I thought that Moms were supposed to. Like little Frozen pancakes, conventional boxed macaroni and cheese, and Rice-A-Roni. The Rice A Roni (NuVal score of 11) has been replaced by parboiled rice (NuVal score of 82) or by Lundberg’s amazing high-scoring rices, such as the brown rice you see pictured, NuVal score of 82.
And I saw how healthy my co-workers were too. Like Alison, who traded up from flour tortillas (NuVal score of 2) to corn tortillas (NuVal score of 91).
Sure, there have been some crazy mis-haps along the way. Like the time that I tried to roast almonds. I burnt them again and again. Best to stick with good old Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds, NuVal score of 81.
Writing A Better Bag of Groceries is a big part of my job. It is a ton of work, but I love it. It has changed my life – and my pantry. I hope that you pull a trade-up tip or two here on a regular basis.
One lucky reader will win all five of my all-time favorite trade-ups that you see pictured here. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me one trade up you’ve made since coming over to read A Better Bag of Groceries. I’ll select one winner at random at 8 am Eastern on Wednesday January 16th. Good Luck!
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