Was one of your New Year’s resolutions for your family to eat healthier in 2017? But does actually getting the grocery shopping done seem to trip you up every time? No worries—healthy grocery shopping is possible!
Planning to head to the store this weekend to stock up your kitchen? Put these three rules into practice, and load up on the good stuff.
1. Eat first.
You may have heard this tip before, but it’s essential! It applies to you and the people you’re shopping with. If you head to the grocery store when you’re hungry, your cart will end up filled with all sorts of foods you don’t necessarily need.
Plan to grocery shop after a meal. Or, if you’re shopping in the middle of the day, eat a filling snack first. Pair together a carbohydrate, protein and healthy fat for best results. A Sunbelt Bakery chewy peanut butter granola bar might do just the trick!
Sometimes thirst can masquerade as hunger, so take along a water bottle and sip frequently.
2. Plan ahead.
If you’re trying to fill your kitchen (and your little ones’ bellies!) with healthy foods, your best bet is to create a shopping list and stick with it. Find a few easy, nutritious dinner recipes that you can either prepare ahead and freeze or toss in the slow cooker.
For breakfast, come up with several go-to items that can be prepared in advance and simply heated or prepared quickly.
Write up a list that includes all the ingredients you’ll need for those meals, then supplement the list with extra fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and other healthful items you can eat as snacks.
3. When it comes to fruits and veggies, think fresh, then frozen, then canned.
You’d logically think that fresh fruits and vegetables would be the healthiest for your family. But in reality, frozen produce is often just as healthy. Frozen fruits and vegetables are typically picked at peak ripeness and frozen, which keeps them at their peak, nutrition-wise.
If you don’t have access to fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, you’ll still reap health benefits from canned produce. Whether you ultimately choose frozen or canned, select fruits that are packaged in water or juice—not sugary syrups or additives—or veggies without added salt.