Your How-to Guide for Healthy Grocery Shopping

Navigating the Grocery Store - Where Do I Begin?

Healthy nutrition habits play a significant role in weight management, so it makes sense that grocery shopping is so important. Preparing your own food at home is a lot more beneficial to your weight and health (and wallet!) than eating out at restaurants and convenience shops.

Yet for many, grocery shopping can be a challenge. What do you buy? How much do you buy? When should you go? There are all common questions asked by people on the very same weight management journey as you.

Your How-to Guide for Healthy Grocery Shopping

What do you need to know about grocery shopping to stay on top of your weight management goals? We’ve got you covered.

Come with a List. 

Before you leave, make a list of all the healthy foods you want to buy. It helps to have a calendar of meals you want to prepare for the week so you know what to shop for. Bring that list to the store and stick to it so you’re not tempted to buy other unwanted items.

Shop the Perimeter. 

Have you ever took the time to pay attention to how grocery stores are organized? Typically, the unhealthier, more processed items are in the center while the healthier whole foods are around the perimeter. Items such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy will be on the outskirts.

Scout for Sales and Discounts

Are some of your favorite items on sale? Buy one, Get one free? Do you look around for coupons and other deals? Stock up! Saving more money in the long-run will help you stock up on the foods you need and also spare your wallet.

Eat before You Shop

Try not to let yourself get hungry at the grocery store because you might be tempted to buy unwanted snack items. Eat before you go to manage your appetite and avoid temptation while you’re shopping.

Look at Recipe Cards

Eating the same meals over and over again can get boring and discourage you from sticking to your meal plan. Many grocery stores and/or online web sites have recipe cards and ideas to inspire you. Take a look at some of the healthier options and add those ingredients to your cart!

Balance Your Cart

So what exactly should you be buying when you’re at the store? Opt for lean protein such as poultry and seafood, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains, any necessary vitamins and supplements, etc. Don’t be afraid to pick out healthier alternatives to your favorite “cheat meals” as well. For more ideas on what to add to your cart, CLICK HERE.

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