Spring is here and now is a great time to change the way that you go grocery shopping. It's the perfect time to start shopping healthier at the store and to eat healthier foods as well. Here are a few tips that will help you be a smarter and healthier shopper.
Avoid The Rush
It can be easy to make poor choices when the store is full of customers and the lines are long. During the busy hours at the grocery store, you can feel rushed and pressured, which can lead to poor choices. Instead of going to the grocery store right after work or on the weekends, try waking up early and going to the grocery store in the morning before work. That way you will not have to deal with crowds and long lines, and you'll be able to make your own purchasing decisions.
Start with the Produce
When you go to the grocery store, start your shopping in the produce aisle. Think about what types of fruit you can eat for breakfast, and put those in your cart. Choose the perfect ingredients for a salad for lunch and choose vegetables to go with your dinner. After you finish getting all the produce you need, you may discover that all you need from the rest of the grocery store are small extras to complete your meals that are built around produce.
Get the meat you need, grab some bread, eggs and milk, and get the other extras you need to complete your meal. Start with produce when shopping and planning your meals.
Limit Pre-Made Food
Limit the amount of pre-made food that you pick up. Do you really need that frozen bag of pasta, or can you easily cook up your own vegetables and adds your own sauce and pasta? Do you really need those chips, or could you snack instead on some nuts and fruit? Try to think basic when buying food, and limit the amount of processed foods that you purchase and eat.
Make Sure You're Full
Make sure that you eat before you go to the grocery store. You don't want to go to the grocery store while you are hungry. When you go to the grocery store hungry, everything you see is going to look good. Go to the grocery store when you have already eaten so you make decisions with your brain, not your stomach.
Start eating healthier by going to the grocery store when you are full and the store is not busy. Fill your cart up with produce and build your meals around produce, then get the necessary extras to go with your meals. Limit the amount of pre-made food that you purchase.
Read the advice of nutritionists or talk to the staff at your local health food store for more info and meal inspiration.