Healthy Grocery Shopping

On 07 Januvary 2021 by Droobi

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Grocery shopping is a key process in keeping a heathy lifestyle. Yet it can be a difficult task, even for the most organized person. A lot of choices, many temping foods, needing time and effort…Planning is the solution.

 

A grocery list is a handy tool that can help you get your shopping done easily and stick to your healthy eating plan. This list is not only a memory aide, but it will also keep you on track, minimizing unnecessary buying while saving you money. You will have access to nutritious food at your home all week without any effort. Even studies have shown that using a list while grocery shopping can lead to healthier food choices and even weight loss.  

 

Why should I have a shopping list?

 

Planning ahead is step #1. Having the ingredients necessary to prepare tasty meals all week long is an excellent way to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Having an empty fridge, freezer or pantry can lead you to rely on fast food or takeout, especially when you have a packed schedule. That is why it is so important to stock your shelves with nutritious options.

 

Keep a running grocery list on your fridge to always update your inventory and add the needed ingredients for your preplanned recipes. 

 

How should I organize my list?

 

Organizing your grocery shopping list by category will save you so much time and stress. You can plan it the way you like, by food categories, by sections, by how your favorite grocery store is laid out…

 

Lists divided by sections tend to keep you on task and focused on the items you have planned, rather than distracted by the endless unhealthy foods on the grocery shelves.

 

To start, divide your list into sections based on food types.

 

  • Vegetables

  • Fruits

  • Protein

  • Carbohydrates

  • Healthy fats

  • Dairy products

  • Condiments

  • Beverages

Avoid creating space on your list for snacks or desserts yet fill it with healthy categories.

 

Now try separating your list based on the layout in your grocery store. For example, if you usually start in the produce section, list your fruits and vegetables first. This way, your shopping can be more efficient, and you won’t have to circle back to a particular section and be tempted by unhealthy items.

 

What should I look for in the items?  

          

  • Look for fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and poultry.

  • Read the nutritional label: Choose the item with the lowest sodium, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. Look for higher fiber options.

  • Prepare food. When you get home from the store, wash, portion, prepare the foods, snacks and produce to be available when needed. It is much easier to grab some cut up vegetables when it us washed and prepared compared to when it is in the grocery store bag!

 

Grocery shopping does not have to be complicated. Using a shopping list to guide you through the grocery store is an excellent way to stick to your nutrition goals and save time and money. Given its potential benefits, creating a healthy grocery shopping list should be at the top of your to-do list.    

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