Grocery shopping: How to do it the healthy way

Grocery shopping: How to do it the healthy way

A group of nutrition experts shared tips for making healthy grocery shopping a success, reports huffingtonpost.com.



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Published: Sat 22 Nov 2014, 10:01 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:31 PM

London: The grocery store can be a tricky place and even the most knowledgeable shoppers can end up putting unhealthy food stuff in their cart. But with a few tricks up your sleeve, it’s not all that tough to make smart decisions at the store.

A group of nutrition experts shared tips for making healthy grocery shopping a success, reports huffingtonpost.com.

Here are their suggestions:

* Make a list: Know your grocery store and go with a list of healthy foods in the order in which they are laid out. That will help you resist temptation, and will speed up your shopping excursion as you’ll not be wasting any time cruising the aisles for what you need.

*Don’t go hungry: Healthy eating choices start with the groceries that you have on hands. Shop for your grocery with a shopping list. Do not attempt to grocery shop when you are hungry, as you will be surprised at the significant number of impulsive buys in your cart.

*Stock up on canned foods: Many shoppers overlook the canned foods aisle because they don’t realize that canned fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh and frozen. Plus, canned foods are always available. I stock my pantry with canned veggies, fruits, legumes and broths so I can make a healthy meal in minutes.

*Go plain: The original versions of foods and beverages like cereals, soy milk, yogurt, pasta sauces and more, are usually the most nutritious. That’s because as brands extend product lines, they move into more decadent offerings that cost more and have worse nutritional profiles.

*Be selective when buying organic: Buying all organic isn’t realistic for most (people)... but you can easily and affordably minimize pesticide exposure when you buy according to the lists.

*Do a final check: Before you pull into the checkout line, pull over and do a final cart check. Make sure your cart has visually 50 per cent fruits and veggies, 25 per cent lean and plant proteins, 25 per cent whole grains—and don’t forget to double check there are enough healthy fats, like avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butters and liquid oil.


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