Shop for Success: 5 Grocery Shopping Tips to Help You Meet Your Health Goals
As we move into the third month of the year, it’s easy to forget the not-so-long-ago New Year’s Resolutions that were made with the best of intentions. As time passes, motivation to eat a little better, move a little more, or take the necessary action to reach our other goals may seem to fade. That’s why it more important than ever to reaffirm the promises you made to yourself and make a plan to keep moving forward. If you promised yourself that you’d be eating better in 2019 but feel yourself slipping, check out the tips below for grocery shopping each section of the store from renowned celebrity nutritionist, Keri Glassman.
The frozen foods section is a great place to stock up on items like frozen vegetables, frozen meat, and other healthy foods that will be quick to prepare on busy nights. When shopping in this section, though, you’ll have to be careful to avoid foods that are high in calories but low in nutritional value. When grocery shopping for frozen foods, “Look for brands that have real, whole food ingredients like Kidfresh.” Says Glassman.
While bread for your kiddos favorite PB&J is essential, you’ll want to be sure you’re looking for breads that don’t contain highly refined grains and sugar. “Be careful,” says Glassman, “There are lots of them!” Instead, Glassman recommends looking for bread that contains more whole, varied grains as they are more nutritionally dense.
Sometimes, we think of snacks as nothing more than treats we’ll have between meals. Instead, we should think about snack time as a great opportunity to get in the protein we’ll need to feel full and make healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. “Snacking is the time to get in a little bit of protein, not added sugar! Watch out for high fructose corn syrup as well as BHA, which additives are commonly found in highly processed snack foods. Opt for whole food snacks whenever possible like whole fruit, and a handful of nuts or a packet of Artisana nut butter with carrots.”
Fruit and Veggie Section
This section is by far the healthiest one in the store so, instead of hitting this spot last, opt to roll your cart through the fruit and veggie section first. Fill your cart with whole fruits for snacking and lots of fresh veggies for lunch and dinner. Even the pickiest kids will often eat fruit, sweet potatoes, or avocado so don’t shy away from this section because you’re worried your kiddo won't like what it contains.
The dairy aisle is a great place to stock up on high calcium, high protein foods you can eat with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fresh eggs, whole yogurt, and milk are all filling foods with a lot of nutritional value. When it comes to filling you cart, Glassman recommends cheese, milk, and yogurt as ideal snacks, “Go for one ounce of real cheese versus anything that says ‘processed cheese product’ on the label. When looking for milk, I always reach for organic. Choose yogurt that is free of hormones and artificial sweeteners for a yummy and filling snack.”
Happy grocery shopping, mamas!