Eating right starts with a successful trip to the grocery store. If you don’t have the right ingredients for a healthy meal, or buy too much junk food, eating healthy can be tough. With a few easy strategies, however, you can change your grocery shopping for the better.
Before you even set foot in the grocery store, plan out the meals you want to make for the week and base your shopping list on this meal plan. Search for coupons and sale items that match up with your list to save some money.
When planning your meals and shopping list, make sure that you have a good mix of the food groups. In general, focus on buying mainly fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains, lean meat and fish, nuts, and beans. Make sure you mix up the groceries you buy every week to give yourself some variety. An easy way to do this is to try one new fruit or vegetable every week.
Once you get to the grocery store, it’s important to know how to navigate each section of the store to make the healthiest choices. While in the produce section, select a variety of fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow. When shopping for breads, cereal and other grains, look for the least processed selections that are made using whole grains.
If you are shopping in the meat section, choose fish, lean cuts of meat or skinless poultry for the healthiest options. While shopping for dairy items, opt for full-fat or low-fat options that give you both calcium and Vitamin D. Some good choices in the frozen foods section are frozen fruits and vegetables, whole grain waffles, and juices made from 100 percent fruit.
To accomplish healthy grocery shopping in the quickest way, follow these easy rules:
Eating healthier is a tough habit to form, but by making the right choices at the grocery store, both before and during shopping, can make it a little bit easier.