March 06, 2012 16:46 ET

Supermarket Savvy Advice With Terra Wellington

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2012) - With the typical American consumer hitting the grocery store at least twice a week, it's important to maximize your nutritional choices, reduce your food waste, and ultimately save money. Terra Wellington, Wellness and Lifestyle Contributor, has some supermarket savvy advice.

Avoid the empty calories from junk food whenever possible because they are often high in fat and sodium. Instead, look for smart snacks like fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Check out the convenient, all-natural Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers. They are made with real fruit and non-fat yogurt. It's super easy to make! All you do is shake the beads, add your favorite chilled juice to the fill line and shake for 30 to 45 seconds -- no blender needed! You can find three varieties in the frozen section of your grocery store.

For a lean protein snack, you can turn to snacks with nuts and seeds to help keep you awake and alert. One example is Nature Valley's new Protein Bars. They're made with all-natural peanuts, almonds and dark chocolate. With these bars you get 10 grams of protein, which is 15 percent of your daily value, and 5 grams of fiber. You can look for Nature Valley Protein Bars in the granola bar aisle.

Save money reducing food waste. Whirlpool's FreshFlow Produce Preserver will slow down the ripening process and make your fruits and vegetables last longer. The produce preserver absorbs the natural ethylene gas that fruits and vegetables give off as they ripen. When placed in your produce drawer, it can keep your produce fresher up to four days longer.

Another money saver is switching from bottled water to filtered water. You can save up to $600 annually. You can also cut down on weekly grocery costs by drinking filtered water instead of flavored drinks. One option is a refrigerator filter like Whirlpool Water Filters that remove contaminates from your drinking water. The Environmental Working Group found that filtered tap water is just as good as, if not better than, most brands of bottled water.

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