Strong 6: G is for Grocery Shop, Tips for Making Grocery Shopping a Healthy Habit!
G is for Grocery Shop
Ahhh, here we are, at G, the final segment of my Strong 6 Healthy Tenets of Eating!
Today’s post is gonna be pretty short 'n' sweet. You probably know you should grocery shop.
Maybe ‘cause your momma told you so
Maybe you equate it with “adulting,”
You like saving money
OR maybe you know it’s a pretty critical part of the planning that goes into meal preparation and consistent healthy eating.
I implore you to actually do it this time.
Here's a few tips to make it easier:
If you’re a bargain hunter babe, review the sales flyer first
Sit down and decide on a few meals you know you’ll be cooking this week and determine what other items/snack foods you actually eat with regularity. AKA foods that you won’t let rot in the pantry.
Make a list! I organize mine into the separate sections of the store (ie: produce, canned food, dry goods, meat, dairy, frozen, etc). There's tons of printable templates around on the internet, but I particularly like this one.
Ideally, most of your shopping is done on the outside perimeter of the store, as this is where the fresh foods (versus packaged) tend to be located.
When shopping for produce, you may be wondering "do I really need to buy organic?" I'll be honest with you- I don't always buy the organic stuff. I've found the Environmental Working Group's guide to the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" to be helpful when picking and choosing. Their Shopper's Guide for 2019 can be found here.
Have I ever mentioned that I like to have a back-up plan? Nothin' sexier than a back-up plan. I keep my freezer stocked with a few bags of vegetables (usually broccoli, or some kind of medley) and buy a few cans of vegetables (green beans are my go-to) for the pantry as well. Canned tuna and sardines aren't bad to have around either. Add a few single portion Minute rice cups and you've got a healthy, last-minute meal ready to go!
Perdue Perfect Portions are also a back-up plan fave of mine. I wait until they go on sale, then stock up and store them in the freezer. They're pre-weighed, single portions of chicken breast, making them convenient for those last-minute meals.
I almost always buy a pound of ground beef for the week- my grocery store (Harris Teeter) does put grass fed beef on sale often, so I buy that when I can. Chicken is also a staple for me. The most cost-effective way I've found to purchase it is to buy a value pack of boneless, skinless breasts, divide them up into portions for my weekly meal prep (thoroughly covered in saran-wrap and placed in a ziploc bag), and freeze what I don't need right away. To thaw, I take a bagged portion out, and stick it in the fridge overnight.
Support your local grocery store by paying for your food instead of shoplifting.
Last, BUT NOT LEAST- put away your groceries and organize them in a way that will encourage/remind you to use them rather than let them go to waste. I usually shop on Sunday and immediately start meal prepping for the week after stowing my purchases.