TOPS provides a grocery list for Women's Nutrition Week

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:16

    A, C, and D are not just letters of the alphabet. In nutritional terms, they’re vital nutrients for women. Vitamins found in healthy food choices are just one way that women can meet their special nutritional needs throughout life. Registered Dietitian Ann Ruelle, a certified diabetes educator, author and nutrition consultant for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), offers her list of “must have” grocery items for every woman in recognition of National Women’s Nutrition Week, running through April 11. The Dietitian’s Grocery List Folic Acid: Folic acid creates and maintains new cells, especially during childbearing years. What to put in a grocery cart: Enriched breads, cereals, pastas, dry beans and peas, spinach, collard greens, and other green, leafy vegetables, and orange juice. Vitamin A: Vitamin A benefits vision and helps fight infections. What to put in a grocery cart: Carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Vitamin C: Vitamin C repairs bodily damage from daily stress, aches, and pains. What to put in a grocery cart: Oranges, orange juice, red and green sweet peppers, and grapefruit. Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps create and maintain strong bones. What to put in a grocery cart: Salmon, shrimp, and milk fortified with vitamin D. Consider a supplement, and discuss this with a physician. Calcium: Calcium builds strong bones and teeth and helps prevent debilitating fractures and osteoporosis in the future. Many females stop consuming dairy products in their early teens. What to put in a grocery cart: Low-fat yogurt and milk, fortified cereals, and collard greens. Talk to a physician about taking a calcium supplement when menopause approaches. ; it can be more difficult for your body to absorb at that stage. What to eat - Iron: Iron assists with many body functions, but it is a difficult mineral for the body to absorb. Absorption can be increased by adding foods rich in Vitamin C. What to put in a grocery cart: Lean cuts of beef round steak and bottom rump roast, fortified cooked cereals, lentils, soy, and spinach. What to eat - Potassium: Potassium builds muscles at all stages of life. What to put in your grocery cart: Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, halibut, banana, spinach, and oranges. TOPS Club, the original, nonprofit weight-loss education and support organization, was founded more than 60 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view or call 800-932-8677 for more information.