Grocery shopping can be stressful and overwhelming due to the endless amount of options available. Below are some tips that will help to guide you through the grocery store.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
Plan a grocery list prior to going to the store by writing it down or putting it into your phone. Not having a list can lead to having to making another trip to the store, or buying foods that you do not need.
Tip #2: Never Go Hungry
Going to the grocery store hungry often leads to purchasing items you did not intend to purchase. Foods on the shelf look more appealing if you are hungry. Go to the grocery store after eating a snack or preferably a meal. If you decide to go after work, pack a snack before entering the store.
Tip #3: Consider Convenience
If you know you have a busy week ahead, consider saving time and purchasing convenience foods. Having these handy pre-sliced vegetables and fruits will encourage you to eat them without forcing you to put in the time to slice your food.
Tip #4: Buy in Season
Buying fruits and vegetables in season often tastes better and guarantees you are getting the maximum amount of nutrients.
Tip #5: Consider Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
If fresh fruits or vegetables are not in season or available, then consider buying frozen options. Buying frozen produce is a great convenient option, they store for longer periods of time, and they can make a delicious smoothie.
Tip #6: Read the labels
Reading food labels can lead to overall healthier choices. Nutrients to look for on a label include dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium. Nutrients to watch out for on a label include sodium, trans fat, saturated fat, and added sugars.