3 Tips for a Stress-Free and Savvy Grocery Shopping Trip
Let's be honest - The Grocery STore is totally overwhelming
When you want to change your health around by eating better knowing what to buy at the store can be confusing. There are so many options and brands that it's sometimes easier to stick with what you know. Also, since there are so many theories and opinions that circulate in the media of "what is considered healthy," it can add even more to the confusion. I mean, who should you listen to?
To help you out, I have compiled my top 3 tips to shopping smarter and avoid that grocery store overwhelm. They are basic tips that you can use no matter what style of eating you choose (vegetarian, paleo, vegan, whole30 etc). So, go grab your reusable bags and your list. It's time to shop!
1. Know Your Store and When to Go
The key to experiencing a semi-decent trip to the grocery store is to go when there are less people. Searching the parking lot for a cart, fighting your way down the aisles, and waiting for 20 min just to check-out can put anyone is a foul mood. If possible, schedule your trips during those off-times when people are still at work or early morning on the weekends.
TIP: When shopping for groceries, stay on the outer perimeters of the store. That is where all the fresh and less processed ingredients are located. The center of the store has the packaged and heavily processed goods like chips, breads, sugary cereals, and drinks.
2. Eat the Rainbow
The easiest tip to keep in mind when you want to purchase groceries for a healthier diet, is to eat the rainbow! Fill your cart with as many colorful vegetables and fruits that you like and enjoy. A wide variety of colorful plants provide the highest number of phytochemicals and nutrients, which will make you feel amazing, give your hair/nails/skin an amazing glow, and nourish each of your cells! Feel the power of the rainbow!
TIP: Berries have antioxidants to help your body stop or delay damages to your cells and help improve your skin. They are also low in sugar, carry multiple vitamins, minerals, and are SUPER delicious but they can be expensive. I buy a big bag of frozen berries (organic if possible) and use them in my oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods. It’s less expensive and they won’t go bad as quick. If you do have fresh berries that are heading towards their last day, wash/dry them and toss them into the freezer in a ziplock for future use.
3. Be a Food Lable Detective
When you pick up an item in the store, it is important that you examine the ingredient list. Knowing what goes into your body is the key to eating a balanced diet. You want the best fuel to feed you body so you can feel your best.
My golden rule is to only buy items that list ingredients that I recognize and that I can actually pronounce. The shorter the list the better! GMO’s, artificial sugars/sweeteners, flavors, and colors are items that you want to avoid adding to your diet as they can contribute to poor health. Focus your diet on items that are grown or roam the earth rather than created in a lab.
You are ready to go conquer the grocery store!
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I hope these tips help you in all your future shopping tips! Let me know if you have any questions or tips that you would like to share in the comments below.