Grocery shopping can be a very overwhelming process. There’s so many products out there on the market that makes it so much more difficult to know what to buy. I have suggested this simple steps that can make your trip a little more stress-free and have you leaving the store with healthy, wholesome choices.
1. Read the ingredients label: Are you able to pronounce every ingredient on the label? If not, I’d stay away from it. There is so much added junk in foods that are not necessary. Try to avoid hydrogenated oils (aka trans fat!), artificial flavors (literally not real food), preservatives, and refined ingredients.
2. Check for added sugars: It’s a shame that there are actually various names for sugar. Some of these ingredients can be harmful to the body, especially if they are consumed in large amounts. Common names to look out for are dextrose, (high fructose) corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, cane juice, corn sweetener, rice syrup, maltodextrin, etc. Again, if you can’t pronounce it or don’t even know what is it- it’s probably not the best to buy. Instead, try eating fresh berries, grapes, or even clementines! These fruits are so sweet and provide natural sugars that are good for you and provide fiber too!
3. Shop mainly the perimeter: This is where you’ll find all the fresh, least processed foods in the grocery store. There is where fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and breads will be and where most of your foods should be coming from. I say mainly, because sometimes you’ll need products found in the center of the store. I explain more in tip #6.
4. Have a plan: Think about what you want to make for the week. If you go without having a plan, you’ll end up wandering around aimlessly, overspending, and end up with way more food than you need. Prepare and gather recipes you’d like to enjoy for that week and make a list of the ingredients you’ll need for each recipe. This will make your life a whole lot easier and save you time shopping and $$!
5. Don’t go hungry: This is key and I can attest to this. If you go to the grocery store hungry, you will literally want everything and impulse buy foods you probably don’t need. When you eat before, it will help to avoid any temptations and cravings you may have when you get to the store.
6. Stock up on frozen/canned foods: Frozen and canned vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh. They are often overlooked, however, it’s nice to have these options when you run out of fresh produce. You’ll know they won’t go bad so quickly and therefore can be there for a back up! Just be sure to check for added sugars, salt, and other preservatives. Example: If you’re looking for frozen blueberries, the only ingredient listed should be blueberries.
Thanks for reading! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment below and share with fellow grocery shoppers! Hope this helps!