Making healthy food choices at home starts with the choices you make at the supermarket. With more than 7,000 food items available, grocery shopping can be quite the challenge. Although it may seem more appealing to dine out, eating at home for one additional meal every week saves up to $364 per person per year! In addition to the high price, most restaurant fare doesn't compare to the nutritional benefits of making fresh foods from home. By learning these shopping tips, you'll find it much easier to eat healthy and save money.
Goal: choose natural, whole foods over man-made, processed products.
1. Make a List
Creating a grocery list makes it easier to eat well and keep you within budget.
2. Eat Before You Go
Hungry shoppers usually buy more food and make poorer choices.
3. Include Helpers
Being included can get your family more excited to eat healthier.
4. Read Labels
Focus on the ingredients listed. Less is best!
5. Shop The Perimeter
Be sure to fill your cart with more nutrient-packed whole foods.
6. Check For Freshness
Read the expiration dates and reach for foods in the back of the pile/shelf.
7. Buy In Bulk
Stock up on healthy frozen fruits and veggies.
Use these tips when buying from different sections within the grocery store:
Produce:__ local, organic
Nuts & seeds: organic, unsalted
Meats: local, organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, pastured
Poultry & eggs: local, organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, free-range
Fish & seafood: wild, low in mercury
__Dairy:__organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, full-fat, plain, grass-fed
__Grains:__gluten-free, minimally processed
Grain products: "sprouted" or sourdough
Not all so-called healthy items are created equal. Your guide to what items are better organic and which you can save a few buck on are listed below:
Dirty dozen: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell pepper, potato, blueberries, lettuce, kale and collards.
Clean 15: onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms.
Good health starts with nutrition. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your next grocery shopping trip and you can count this week's challenge as complete!
Enjoy Healthier Food