Grocery shopping is something we all have to do to make sure food gets on the table – but sometimes those Coco Pebbles or fruit snacks and just look so good, it’s hard not to put them in the cart. Creating healthy habits is hard, but they start at the grocery store. Here are five tips to help you make healthier choices!
- Plan your meals. Make a list of all of the meals you are going to have that week – from breakfast to lunch and dinner to snacks, and then break it down by ingredient. Planning these out will help you stay on track nutritionally and financially.
- Create a grocery list to go along with your meals. Once you’ve figured out what ingredients you already have, write the rest down on a list, and try your best to stick to what’s on that list. Trust us your wallet will thank you.
- Only go to the grocery store on a full stomach. Okay, this should be a given, but I know I don’t always do this. But if you eat something to hold you over until after you are done grocery shopping, I promise you will do a better job sticking to your list.
- Try ordering groceries online. Trips to the store may still be too tempting. So try a service! You can simply go down your list and not get distracted by how good those cookies look in the bakery.
- Stay on the outside loop of the store. While it may be possible to impulse-purchase two pounds of broccoli, it’s far less likely than nutritionally inferior packaged goods like cookies or chips that you’ll find in the middle aisles.
Happy grocery shopping!