Here are a few Grocery Store Tips I’ve collected and used to help me save time and help our family make healthier choices.
Tip # 1
MAKE A LIST
I always think about what I am making for the week and make a list to help me stay on track. Here is is a link on more how I meal plan and make a grocery list. NEED a printable shopping list or meal planner? I have two printable I share with others. The Grocery List/ Meal planner combo can be found HERE and the Calendar Style Meal Planner can be found HERE.
If I don’t go off my list – – Random unhealthy foods find there way into my basket.
|Calendar Style Meal Planner|
You KNOW what happens when you are hungry! EVERYTHING looks so good! If you did not have time to eat before you go whip up a quick Shakeology Shake and take it to the store with you! It will save you from buying foods you REALLY don’t want!
SHOP THE PERIMETER
Shop the perimeter, stick to the outer walls of the store, avoid middle aisles! You will notice the foods found on the outside perimeter walls are fresh foods – produce, meats, dairy, eggs, etc. All the FRESH foods are on the outer walls!
My thought process is that FRESH foods NEED electricity to help keep the foods cool or at the right temperature. When building a grocery store it is a lot easier to all electricity to the walls of the store than right in the middle of the store.
So, they save those items that are filled with preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients that keep the food edible. The processed foods are found in the aisles – cereals, cookies, chips, etc.
Make a plan to only shop the perimeter first and then work your way through the center aisles. By the time you get to the center aisles your cart will already be full to the brim with fresh eats!
Keep focused while browsing the center aisles. Food choices tower over you on each side. It is not necessary to shop every single aisle, skip it if you don’t need anything down it! Do not venture down the aisles unless it is for something in particular. You will risk those Oreos jumping into your cart!!
In the frozen food section, stay away from anything that says one step, heat and serve or ready to go meal in a box! These one step meals are loaded with quick fixes that are not good for your waistline. Lots of these are high in fat, calories, and sodium per package.
WATCH for LYING LABELS
Learn to read nutrition labels and ingredients list. If you can’t pronounce some of the words or if they look like they belong in a science lab, put it back on the shelf! Read more about lying labels HERE.
Tip # 6
BUY LOW SODIUM
When buying canned foods look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars.