I’ve been getting some questions on how I grocery shop, what to look for and how to know which items in the store are actually healthy.
There are a lot of products out there that are labeled as “healthy” but are filled with added sugar and a million fake ingredients just to keep the calories or fat down.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve for when I grocery shop and I’m excited to share them with you!
It’s all about the ingredients
OMG I cannot express this more! This is my #1 tip for buying food. If you go to your cabinet right now and check the labels you will be shocked how many products have added sugar (although could be read as corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin and a ton of other sneaky scientific names). My go- to rule is if I cannot pronounce something in the ingredients or if there is sugar in the ingredient list, I put it back. This will change the way you shop!
For example- one day I decided to look at the ingredient list of the pasta sauce that I liked. Low and behold….sugar was in the ingredients. It’s beyond me as to why pasta sauce need sugar. So from then on I decided to literally check everything because you never know!
Shop the perimeter
When I shop I stick to the outside perimeter of the store. That’s your produce, meat, dairy. The produce section is where you should be spending the majority of your time and what the majority of your cart should consist of.
Of course you’ll have to venture into the isles for certain things. Siete tortilla chips, almond butter, the pasta sauce. But, don’t casually stroll up and down every isle, make a plan, grab what you need and get out of there! This tip is also a huge time saver.
Go with a game-plan
I always make a grocery list. I stick to my list about 90%… if there is a new product I want to try out or if I forget something I’ll pick it up, of course.
The way I craft my list is by first going through the things I get every week, eggs, salad mix, Rx bars etc. Might sound dumb but I like to write that stuff down. From there I will add the ingredients I need for the recipes I’ve chosen for the week (usually 2 or 3 recipes).
If you guys want me to write a post on how I pick recipes online let me know!
When in doubt, stick to whole foods
Something I’ve been trying to incorporate recently is snacking on fruits & veggies and less processed snacks. So, in the store I’m always trying new veggies for snacks. So far my favs have been celery, baby carrots, oranges and zucchini. My June intention was actually to stop snacking so damn much. It’s truly my downfall! I can proudly say my snacking has way improved with this tip & some self control.
Carry reusable bags
It’s 2018 people, using reusable bags should be the norm. Instead of using 20+ plastic bags every week, I take 4-5 reusable bags with me. I keep them in my car so I’m always prepared.
I actually got reusable produce bags for Christmas last year and I’m obsessed. I take the reusable bag thing a step further and use cloth bags for my fruits and veggies.
Grocery shopping should be a priority for you if you want to live a healthy life or make a change. The food you have in your pantry & fridge is vital!! It’s up to you to choose healthy things to stock your home and buy good ingredients for recipes.
What are some of your pantry staples? Let a girl know!