Confused about all the products available at the grocery store? You’re not alone. Unless you learn what’s healthy and what isn’t, you might end up filling your cart with products that are less than ideal. Need some help with healthy food shopping? Here are some tips:
Happy Young Woman Carrying Groceries And Eating An Apple After Shopping At The Food Store
You’ve heard this one before. If you go grocery shopping without a list and you’ll just start cruising the aisles, you’ll end up picking up things that aren’t necessarily good for you. After all, those cookies, sauces and chips can’t help but be tempting, right? To prevent this, sit down at home and make a list of basic healthy staples, such as whole grains, fruits and veggies, and healthy meats or meat-free alternatives (tofu and beans, for example). At the store, allow yourself one free item. This could be something that you forgot to include in the list or something that’s tempting you and you just want to try. Everything else stays on the shelves unless it’s on the list.
Balance out your shopping
Make sure you go home with foods from all four food groups: carbohydrates (stick to whole grains), low-fat proteins (low-fat dairy, lean cuts of meats, beans and soy products), unsaturated (vegetable) fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. When choosing fats, stick to healthy fats such as olive oils, nuts and avocados. Eating these in moderation will help improve your health without piling on the pounds.
Anything that has sugar as one of the first five ingredients should be avoided. The USDA recommends eating no more than 24g of sugar a day. That’s the equivalent to six teaspoons of sugar. Did you know a glass of orange juice has 9 teaspoons of sugar? If you’re trying to keep your sugar consumption low, it makes more sense to eat an orange, which has only 12g of sugar and it’s a lot more filling and satisfying.
Don’t skip the frozen section
Sure, fresh fruits and vegetables are a great choice, but frozen options can be just as good. Just read the ingredient list and make sure there are no added sauces, salt or other calorie-heavy ingredients.