(KUTV) Do you or your kids ever grab an unhealthy snack as you wait in line at the grocery store? Well thanks to a partnership between the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain LiVe Well, new checkout lanes can help solve that problem. Special “LiVe Well” checkout lanes are now in all 43 Associated Food stores throughout Utah. Those are the Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s, Macy’s, and Fresh Market grocery stores.
“Each of our stores has on LiVe Well Lane. It’s really easy to find. There’s a large hanging sign. There’s some small signs in the lane as well so just look out for those,” says Ron Beckstrom, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Associated Food Stores.
Even if your shopping cart is filled with healthy foods, checkout lanes often tempt you and your kids with a sugary snack. LiVe Well lanes are different. They help ensure you don’t make an unhealthy choice as you leave the store.
“We have a lot of healthier snacks. Nutritional bars that are made with whole food ingredients, nuts, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables,” says Beckstrom.
Sometimes it’s hard to know if a healthy-branded snack is actually good for you. One of the great things about the LiVe Well lane is all of the items have been hand selected by registered dietitians.
“What we really looked for in items that would be in our LiVe Well lanes are things that are traditionally missing in their diet,” says Joy Musselman, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Intermountain Healthcare.
Included in these special lanes are snacks high in fiber, calcium and protein while also being low in sodium, sugar, and trans fats. While all of the foods in these lanes are healthy for you, it’s important to still read the labels and pay attention to portion size. All of these well-balanced snacks help to not only curb your hunger, but also fuel your bod to keep you full for several hours.
“The snacks that we have here are not only healthy for you, but you know that you can make a choice that will be sustaining until your next meal,” says Musselman.