3 Tips to Keep Your Grocery Shopping Healthy
By Virginia Laird
If you are like me, you do not always enjoy your trips to the grocery store. While these are necessary, they can prove to be stressful. Finding balance between food my family will eat and healthy food can be a huge undertaking. Grocery shopping is even more difficult when the kids tag along on the journey. While I love to take my children everywhere I go, they do tend ask for all the unhealthy snacks while there. Health and wellness experts have offered some advice to help make your trips to the grocery store more healthy, including:
- Always shop with a list
- Avoid frozen meals
- Try to limit your trip to the store
Always Shop with a List
It is best to shop with a list in hand. This can help keep you focused. A list is best put together when you have taken the time to meal plan. This can be a time demanding task. However, heading to the grocery store with a list in hand can help you keep from buying things you do not need. This can be a great way to save money.
Avoid Frozen Meals
Another tip is to avoid meals of convenience. Frozen meals are full of sodium and saturated fat. Consuming these too often can prove to be detrimental to your health and the health of your family. If finding time to cook is a problem for your lifestyle, investing in a crockpot can be beneficial. There are a plethora of cookbooks and online recipes for those who rely on cooking with crockpots. These can provide the convenience of frozen meals without the fat and sodium.
Try to Limit Your Trips to the Store
Are you one who finds yourself at the store multiple times a week? As much as I try to avoid doing this, I generally fall guilty of this habit. Inevitably this will lead to spending more money because each time you visit the store, you may buy something you do not need. This does not account for the money it costs to get to the store. This week, as you prepare to get your grocery shopping done, try limiting your trips to the store. However, if you have a diet which relies heavily on produce, you may need to make a couple of trips.
Now is the time to begin making changes to your grocery store trips. Happy shopping!
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