healthy holiday shopping: 5 tips to take with you to your local market

grocery shopping
grocery shopping

-Before you head to the grocery store, make sure to plan your food list for your meals for the week. Stick to the list you create. You are less likely to deviate from the list and buy unhealthy, unneeded food. As well, making a list beforehand saves you time because you will not need to run back to the store for missed ingredients.

-Do Not shop when you are hungry!  Impulse purchases that satisfy unhealthy cravings are more likely to happen when you shop hungry. 

-Focus on filling your cart with foods from the periphery of the grocery store. Fill your cart with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean meat, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. These are foods usually found on the store perimeter.          

-Swap out an unhealthy food  for a healthy one!For example, try fresh salsa for toppings or dipping vegetables, instead of salad dressings.  Switch cow's milk for unsweetened almond milk! Trade your toast in for some oatmeal!  

-Be ADVENTUROUS! Do not be afraid to try new fruits or vegetables every week. This will keep you from getting bored with eating clean!