A healthy lifestyle starts with eating healthy, and since we get most of our food at the super market, it’s time we started getting smarter about how we shop.
Make a list and stick to it. Sticking to the list will curb impulse purchases and help you make healthier decisions. Following a list will help you to stay on budget and will also save you a lot of time usually spent browsing the aisles.
When shopping for produce, try to stick to what’s in season. Produce that’s in season not only tastes better but is costs less too. If you buy produce that’s not in season you can end up paying more and getting lower quality.
Most of the freshest options at the super market can be found on the perimeter of the store. The perimeter is where the produce, meat, and seafood departments are, and the refrigerated dairy aisle. These are healthier choices than the ready-to-eat items that are typically found in the center aisles.
There is no better way to make sure you’re getting the healthiest foods than reading nutritional labels. Just because the package says things like “Healthy”, or “All Natural” doesn’t mean it’s all that good, these are just marketing buzz words with no real information on what is contained in the product. Reading the nutritional label is the only way to be sure.
If your super market often features free samples, try not to take them. Snacking while shopping sends your brain a message that it’s time to eat, and that could trigger impulse buying.
Always try to get your items from the back of the shelf. Super markets generally stock items by arranging the older items to the front and the newest in the back. If you want to get the freshest products, always reach for things in the back.
Shopping smart at the super market saves money and gets you healthier choices.