“Food is Medicine and Medicine food,” stated Hippocrates. The key to eating balanced meals and snacks is to have low calorie nutrient dense foods on-hand at home and one that you really enjoy. If you find shopping at the grocery store overwhelming, here are some of my tried and true tips that can ease you into an enjoyable experience. As a thumb rule, never shop on a hungry stomach. Why? Avoid temptations and impulsive eating.
Here are some of the top solutions to making your shopping most enjoyable•
- Plan Ahead. List out meal ideas for the week, bear in mind which days you’ll make time to cook from scratch and which days you’ll be pressed for time to prepare and put dinner on the table.When time is short opt for convenience items and a couple frozen entrée with ready to eat produce. Be creative. For example if you plan to have pizza one night, shop for salad, milk, and fruit to balance out the meal.
- Organize the List. As you create your shopping list, check your menu options against the Food Guide Pyramid to ensure you have remembered everything from Poultry to produce. Begin your shopping by selecting the items around the perimeter of the store and enter the isles for the items on your list. This will help to guide you that you are purchasing a variety of foods that will provide all of your nutrient needs.
- Read the Labels. The Nutrition Label can be your best shopping tool. Learn how to identify the content of key nutrients such as fat and saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, salt, as well as determine caloric content and amount of essential nutrientsthe product provides.
- Shopping Tricks. Knowing how to shop and what to look for in each aisle or section of the store helps guarantee a cart stocked with nutritious foods from broccoli to beef, chicken and fish. For instance, choosing leaner cuts of beef look for “round” or “loin” in the name. Remember frozen vegetables are just as high in nutrients as their fresh counterparts. And, look for “whole grain” when choosing breads and pastasfor more fiber.
Other tips to keep you on track at the supermarket:
- Save Money. Coupon clipping or finding stores that price match are great strategies for Don’t Shop Hungry. Leave the decisions to your brain, not your stomach. It’s easier to stick to the shopping list if you are not hungry, so plan to eat something before you go.
- Set a Routine. Establish a day and time that makes it easy for you to move quickly and easily through the store and stay focused on your shopping needs.
- Saving money. Coupons are also a great way to expand your food choices. Use a coupon to experiment with new meal item that you wouldn’t normally purchase.
- Kids Day Trip. Give the children an enjoyable shopping experience. This is possible. Use it as an opportunity to give your kids a lesson to see the brilliant colors, smell, to know the names of food and to pick out their healthy choice of food.
Hope Anderson is a registered dietitian and nutritionist.Her mission is centered on you achieving a healthy lifestyle tailored to your unique. She believes that preventive care is very important in helping you achieving your health and fitness goals. For More Information Visit her website: www.hopenutriservices.com