Healthy grocery shopping has completely changed my eating patterns and obviously, for good. How could I not write about it! I agree it is tempting to stock up on junk food, when you’re in the mall, surrounded with aisles of attractive looking, gorgeously packed unhealthy food with hardly any nutritional value. But with these tips and tricks, you will definitely come home with a lot more healthy food and a lot less junk!
Plan ahead: It is very easy to get lost in that big store with no plan. You cant buy raw materials for your meals if you don’t know what you are going to make, and you surely don’t want to be making frequent trips only because you are missing out on this one ingredient to make that dish. Have a menu ready for most of your meals of the week if not all. That way you won’t have an excuse for not cooking your salad and grabbing a takeaway from the burger shop across the lane. And have it all written down, and try and stick to only those aisles.
Go seasonal: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are more likely to be organic, they taste better, are stocked up well and oh! they are so much cheaper. It’s a total win-win.
In the mood to splurge, go ahead: Maybe you always budget shop, but this week has been a good one and you’ve got some extra money to splurge, start with the fresh produce section, buy premium fruits and you nuts which you would otherwise not buy, get those exotic spices to take your cooking to a next level. That way you won’t have a lot of cash to spend on the fancy cookie treats or the deep-fried chips.
Consider your food pyramid: Memorize it well, it is such a help. When shopping, start buying from the most recommended to the least and not the other way round. And yes, get items from all the sections of that diagram, to ensure that you are getting complete nutrition.
Explore your surroundings: Try the local farmer markets every now and then, they have fresher produce, better rates, no distractions, and grocery shopping won’t be so monotonous.
DO NOT GO SHOPPING HUNGRY: One of the most overlooked tips, yet super important. You tend to overshop and buy unnecessary items, mostly unhealthy if you feel hungry while shopping. So whatever time of the day you plan to go, eat a small pre-shopping meal, and you’re good to face that stash of junk in front of you, keeping my fingers crossed!!