- Plan your healthy grocery list. Before you ever step foot out of the house, have your grocery list ready and make sure it includes foods that meet your daily dietary needs. These should include veggies, fruits, lean meats, beans, poultry, and whole grain foods. Change things up each week by adding a new fruit or veggie to give your taste buds a treat without sacrificing health benefits.
- Stick to the perimeter. When you are in the store and shopping, stay away from the center aisles as much as you can. If you pay attention to the layout of most grocery stores, the center aisles is where you are likely to find the sugary, sweet foods -- you know … the good stuff -- that you need to avoid. Instead, shop the perimeter, because this is where you will find milk, meats, veggies, and fruits -- the healthy stuff.
- Opt for single-serve packaging. You may have to pay a little more for a single-serving package, but it will be money well spent when you learn how to control your portions. Portion control is a key part of eating healthy, and single-serve packages of food, such as cheese sticks or precut veggies, ensure that you get just enough and never too much. Our protein bars are single-serve and pack a healthy punch to keep your diet on track.
- Shop for rainbows. The produce section should be the area where you spend the most time shopping. Try to create a rainbow of veggies and fruits in your basket! Choose a variety of colors, because each one provides different vitamins and minerals. The more colors you have, the better!
- Keep the grains whole. When shopping for breads and pasta, choose whole grain varieties. When you do venture into the center aisle for cereal, make sure you choose a whole grain option with less sugar and plenty of fiber.
- Dairy shouldn't be fatty. When you hit the dairy section, choose low-fat or nonfat items. These include yogurts, milk, and cheeses, all of which help you meet your daily needs for calcium and vitamin D.
- Hit the freezer section! Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness and freshness making them just a nutritious as fresh options. When you can't get fresh, try out lots of great frozen options.
- Read the labels. If you are ever in doubt about one of your food choices, take a look at the label. Aim to choose options that have few ingredients. In this case, less if more! If the label is full of words that you cannot pronounce, put it back.
8 Tips and Tricks to Become a Healthier Grocery Shopper
June 26, 2014