This week I want to share with you my favorite tips on successful grocery shopping! Healthy eating all begins at the market. As a mom, I get it, it feels like we are always running to the store. And it all really starts right there in your shopping cart. So, what’s in your shopping cart?
Here are my helpful hints for your next trip to the grocery store:
- Never shop when you’re hungry. Every tempting food will call your name and climb into your grocery art. Plus, a growling stomach may force you to tear into a box of something fattening and high-calorie while you stroll the aisles. I like to start with a snack, like a small apple and a handful of raw almonds. Having a healthy meal or afternoon snack before hitting the stores in order to quell cravings and keep those doughnuts, chips and other goodies from landing in your cart.
- Plan your weekly menus before leaving the house. This will ensure-that you stock up on the foods you need to prepare quick and healthy meals daily. With the right items in the house, healthy eating is a cinch. Of course, if you’re in my 360 Plan, just print out the menu or keep your smart phone with you and you can check the items off as you go.
- Ask Questions! Read the Nutrition Facts labels of unfamiliar foods to determine whether or not they fit your diet. And eat fresh whenever possible as there are so many hidden sugars and fats and additives in packaged food. Talk to the produce manager to see what’s in season and the butcher to find out what’s fresh!
- Shop the perimeter of the store and avoid the center aisles. All they healthy items like fresh organic produce and dairy are generally in the outer aisles, so start there and fill your cart with the good stuff first! The center aisles are typically where you’ll find processed foods like boxes or bags of cookies, chips, and cakes. If you avoid the aisles then it’s out of sight, out of mind AND out of your shopping cart!
- If an unhealthy food is even the tiniest bit tempting don’t buy it. You can’t eat what you don’t have in the house, so avoid the high-fat foods that tempt you late at night. If they’re not in the cupboard, you won’t hear them calling your name!
- Stock up on pantry essentials like whole grain pasta, frozen fruits or vegetables, nuts and eggs. Always having these items on hand means a good-for-you meal is just minutes away.
- Shop solo. It’s tough If going to the store with your children means you’ll come home with a cartful of unhealthy treats, then try to hit the stores on your own. This way you won’t be talked into buying foods that no one in your family needs– whether they’re watching their waistlines or not. Growing children need fresh fruits and vegetables, too! Eating real food is great for you and the whole family and you’re teaching them good habits to last a lifetime.
Fill up your cart with great things and I promise you’re going to look better and feel great, too. You are WORTH it!
Have a great week!