The journey to healthy habits starts when you buy your groceries. What you buy will be what you eat, which determines how you and your family feel. That's a lot of pressure! But here are some quick tips to help keep everything on track:
- Make a list
Go in with a plan and stick to it. This will help save you money and avoid buying unhealthy items.
- Don’t shop hungry
Grocery shopping while hungry is a bad idea. You’re more likely to buy foods that trigger reward responses (highly processed items/snacks) and may buy more than you really need.
- Shop the perimeter
Buying foods from the outside perimeter of a grocery store means stocking up on fresh, whole foods...and that’s always a good idea.
- Check the dates
Make sure the food you’re buying isn’t expired to avoid getting sick from it or having to make another trip to the store to return it.
- Enjoy seasonal produce
Keep meals interesting by working in seasonal produce. For Summer that could mean corn and tomatoes and then squash and brussels sprouts in the Fall.