I have only met a few souls in my lifetime who love grocery shopping as much as I do. I find it therapeutic almost, walking up and down the aisles, counting my blessings for how easily accessible fresh food is to me. But then again, if you are like most people I know, grocery shopping isn’t a leisure activity, it’s a chore that needs to get done and over with.
If you are looking to get on that health kick you promised yourself in January 2017, a good place to start is what you stock your fridge with. Here is my best advice for a painless and healthy grocery haul.
- Make a list
If you don’t have time to aimlessly wander around (like someone I know) making a list will get you in and out of there in 30 minutes or less.
- Keep to the outside
The aisles are where they keep a majority of their processed, refined foods that call your name at 11pm while watching Scandal. The outside aisles are full of fresh produce, meats and whole grains.
- Read your labels
If you can’t pronounce it, chances are that you shouldn’t be consuming it. The shorter the ingredient list, the better it will be for you.
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry
We have all been there, and all it leads to is a grocery cart full of childhood snacks you “haven’t had in yearrrrsss!”
- Think big picture when it comes to spending
I always used to be in the meat section looking at a package of 6 chicken breasts that are going to cost me $18.45. Although it may take you back at first, think about it. Eating drive through or ordering a pizza will be about $10 at least and that is for one (unhealthy) meal. These 6 chicken breasts can be meal prep for the week that is healthy and saving you money in the long run!
- Shop local
One of my favourite things to do in the summer is stop at a Farmers market. They have the freshest food and it’s always nice to support the local farmers.
- Buy in bulk
Costco is food heaven. Plus if you don’t listen to tip #4 and shop hungry, you can snack on the free samples. Buying things in bulk like fish, chicken, meat, or protein bars is amazing cause you can take what you need for the week and store the rest in the freezer until needed.
- Meal prep when you get home
When putting the food away, dig into your millennial multi-tasking abilities and start to prep some of the food you just got. This could be cooking half of the chicken you just bought and dividing it up for the week, or just cutting up some fresh food to snack on when you get hungry.
Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a pain or a chore. Prepare yourself for what you need and the rest is easy.