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August 11, 2016
Grocery Shopping for Success
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Everyone goes to the grocery store. Some of us go just once a week, while others may go nearly every day. Each of these trips into the store is a chance to make very healthy meal choices or less healthy choices. These choices can set up your week so that you are feeling your best and eating the most nutritious foods possible.
The best way to set yourself up for success at the store is to arrive prepared! Before you head out the door to the store, you could sit down and plan out the meals you will have that week. This will give you a clear list of all the foods you will need. It will also help to keep your food budget a little lower and may speed up your trip!
We also know that if you go shopping feeling hungry, you will purchase foods that are higher in calories and less healthy. These foods are hard to resist when your stomach is growling. Trying to eat a light snack before leaving your house will help to decrease feelings of hunger and keep you from tossing those chips into the cart.
When you arrive to the store, with your list in hand and your belly full of a healthy snack, you will be ready to make great choices! You may have noticed that most of the super nutrient dense foods are in the perimeter of the store! As you weave your way up and down the middle aisles, you will find more and more, high calorie, high salt, highly processed foods. Try to shop the perimeter, loading up your cart with fruits, veggies, lean meats and low fat dairy products. If you need to get a food from those middle aisles, just head to the aisle you need and skip the rest. Sometimes just seeing higher calorie foods will make us start to crave them, so why not avoid them all together?
For great recipe ideas as you make your meal plan, check out the recipe section of this website! Or your dietitian can give you a second glance at your grocery list for encouragement too.