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Your Commissary – It's Worth the Trip!
A major benefit of military life is the ability to shop at a commissary. How much you actually save will depend on what items you're purchasing. For some families, commissary shopping leads to significant savings. You can maximize the benefits if you head to the commissary, having done some homework beforehand. In addition to budget benefits, an organized outing to the commissary can lead to healthier meals for the family.
The upside and the downside of many of the commissaries is the sheer number of products in the store. It can be overwhelming and confusing. For a simpler life and better health, just keep it simple: your food choices and your recipes.
Before you get there:
At your commissary:
Don't forget these basics when shopping. Most of us tend to choose the same foods over and over again. But varying the types of foods chosen, even the different colors of your vegetables and fruit, will keep meal time more interesting and make meals healthier. Be adventurous!
Balance your meals with an appropriate mix of carbohydrate, protein and fat. Check out the USDA's MyPlate for a quick snapshot of how our food plates should look.
The Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center Healthy Eating site provides great resources, tips and guidance on how to be sure you choose foods that best fuel you and your family. Also be sure to check out the "How to Shop Healthy at Your Commissary" video.
(ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christine Favus is a registered dietitian and health educator in the health and wellness department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.)
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