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GROCERY SHOPPING

Grocery shopping can be intimidating for some people... what should you buy, how much should you spend, what healthy choices are there, how much should you  buy, etc.  There are many answers to these questions because it varies person to person depending on your buying wants/needs.








So, I have listed a few helpful tips to make grocery shopping easier:

1.  Plan Ahead

  • Make a grocery list ahead of time.  This helps cut down on buying unnecessary items, especially if you are on a budget.
  • Select a few meals that you will cook for the next few days (keep in mind shelf life when planning meals).  Planning meals ahead of time can help you pick out the exact ingredients you need.
  • The quantity of what you buy will depend on how many meals you will be making and for how many people.
2. Coupons, Sales, Etc.
  • In todays world of technology many grocery stores have Apps that you can download to your smart phone and easily view weekly deals, which helps when planning ahead and budgeting.
  • Often times you can find coupons and deals in the newspaper or weekly flyers.
  • Some grocery stores encourage you to bring your own reusable bags which often times allows you the option of donating a few cents to a charity or taking a few cents off your grocery bill.  (If you do not have your own reusable bags, you can buy these at the grocery store, or check out Amazon.) 
3.  Selecting Healthy Options
  • Everyone has different dietary needs and preferences, so be mindful of ingredients or items that you are sensitive to (always read the nutrition labels to see what the ingredients are; be sure you know what you are putting in your body)
  • Select high quality items (quality over quantity)
  • When selecting meat/poultry, choose Organic, Local, Grass-fed, No Antibiotics/Hormones
  • Try choosing Organic when possible  
  • When selecting seafood, select Wild Caught (Farm raised often means it has been raised in confined areas, antibiotics are often used because disease can spread from being in close quarters.  The farm raised fish are also often fed corn and soy (GMO) based diets.)
  • Select Unrefined Oils versus Refined (refined oils are processed to help maintain a shelf life and usually removes all nutrients from that product) 
  • Raw Nuts (nuts that are raw are not roasted in hydrogenated refined oils)
Unfortunately marketing gets the best of us sometimes and it is difficult to know what is really in our food:
  • Be aware of what the ingredients are, if you do not know what it is, your body probably will not either
  • Be cautious of "low fat" that often means fat has been removed and sugar has been added to make that food more palatable (flavorful).
  • If you have a Gluten intolerance, look for "Certified Gluten Free" Labels
Always read labels, know what you are eating before buying!

xoxo