Tips for Grocery Shopping
To have a well balanced nutritional lifestyle it must start with good habits at the grocery store. Having something healthy in your household could be a challenge if the right food and ingredients are not purchased during your trip to Stop and Shop, or Shaw's. Here are some tips that can guide you in the right direction while food shopping.
Create a list, plan for success. It will probably take a little bit of time, but it will save you time in the long run if you forget something.
Try to be unique and choose a different fruit or vegetable every week.
"Splurge" into the produce aisle if there is an aisle to "splurge" into, chances are a good snack to be made on the run will be from the produce aisle ( carrots, sliced apples, etc.).
Spend the most time in the produce section; think colorful fruits, and vegetables!
When, or if you are going for any type of cereal, or grain choose something that is "least processed". For example your choice of cereal should include something whole grain, at least 4 grams of fiber per serving, and the less sugar, the better.
Meat, poultry, and fish. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends 2 servings of fish per week, which is a great source of omega 3's. Any type of meat or poultry should be lean cut, skinless, and always be aware of your portion sizes.
Dairy, good sources of calcium, and vitamin D. Plenty of nonfat/low fat options available. Yogurt is a great choice in the dairy section. Go for Greek non-fat yogurt.
If the produce section isn't looking too convenient because cooking vegetables, or slicing fruit is time consuming, no problem, go for the frozen fruits , and vegetables section.
Avoid the aisles that say "chips and cookies"!
Lastly avoid the foods that contain more than 5 or 6 ingredients, artificial ingredients, or ingredients that you can't pronounce.
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