I love grocery shopping. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I’m happy when I have time to really browse up and down each aisle, looking for new things to try. But I understand that most people aren’t as smitten with this particular errand. And I don’t blame you, especially if you’re trying to keep things healthy. It can be really confusing to know what to buy and food marketing certainly doesn’t help. So I thought I’d share a few “tiny tweaks” you can make at the grocery store to help you shop a little healthier, without breaking the bank.
1. Try something new! If you’ve never used an acorn squash, grab one! If you always reach for kale, grab some collard greens. Trying new fruits and vegetables will keep you from getting bored with the same old thing. Find a recipe you love and try adding one new element. Toss some butternut squash into your salad or try a little sliced zucchini in your pasta. You just might find a new favorite.
2. CHECK LABELS! I can’t emphasize this enough. I’ve definitely fallen into the trap of assuming that just because something is organic or marketed as “healthy” that I don’t need to check the label. You’d be surprised how many “natural” peanut butters contain high fructose corn syrup or other added sugars. Even if it looks healthy, check the package before tossing it in your cart!
3. Don’t stick to your list. Is it a good idea to have a list? Yes. Should you always follow it? No. You might plan on grabbing zucchini but when you get to the grocery store, you find that spaghetti squash is on sale. Can you swap out one squash for another? Could you grab that bag of kale that’s on sale, rather than the spinach you planned on getting? Shop the sales and you might be able to get some good discounts! You can also get bargains on produce that is just about to expire. If you know you’ll use it soon, snatch it up! If you’re on a budget, try these 5 tips for saving money!
4. Check what’s in season. In season produce is awesome because not only does it tend to be cheaper, but it’ll usually taste a whole lot better! Have you ever noticed that strawberries in the summer taste a million times better than the ones in the winter? There’s a reason for that. This website has a handy list of what’s in season each time of the year.
These little tweaks can really make a difference! For more tiny tweaks, check out a few of these other ideas!
See? Getting healthier doesn’t have to be hard! Little steps can make a big difference.
What are your tips for shopping healthier?