In order to eat healthy, you have to be more intentional with your food choices, and those choices begin when you do your weekly meal planning and grocery shopping. It’s not as easy as it may sound. There are so many brands and varieties out there, so much conflicting advice on what is healthy and what is not, and reading a nutrition label can be quite overwhelming. To learn more about making healthier choices while grocery shopping follow my tips and tricks below!
Shop the perimeter of the store when buying healthy groceries
Many grocery stores have a layout that has the healthiest groceries around the perimeter of the store. Some of the healthy groceries you can find on the perimeter are produce, meat, seafood, dairy, and frozen fruits and vegetables. These groceries tend to have less ingredients and be less processed than the products you will find in the center shelves of the store. Not every grocery store is like this, but it’s an interesting little tip to keep in mind!
Read the nutrition label to determine if it’s a healthy food
It’s essential to read the ingredients and nutrition labels of the products you purchase when grocery shopping, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy. The nutrition label will tell you all you need to know about a product, but it can be quite complicated due to the different nutrition terms, strange ingredients, and deceiving label practices.
Don’t grocery shop on an empty stomach
I think we’ve all been in this position at one point or another. When we go grocery shopping while hungry we tend to be drawn to EVERYTHING! Chocolate chip cookies? Yep! Ice cream? Yep! Frozen pizza? In the cart it goes. Make sure you’re nice and full when you go grocery shopping and take some water along with you!
Consider a store known for healthy groceries
Some stores have higher standards than others. That’s just the way it is. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, for example, do not carry any products that contain certain harmful ingredients. Although higher quality food can be more expensive, it’s worth it when it comes to your health.
Visit your local farmer’s market for the healthiest groceries
The ideal place to purchase your healthy groceries would be at the farmer’s market. The food sold there is local and high quality. Buying at the farmer’s market also helps support your local farmers and your local economy. Not to mention, the high quality food is great for your health!