You are what You eat and much before that You eat what You buy, So it only makes sense that you think and shop smart. Shopping healthy grocery is a skill and once you master it, it’ll help you make better eating choices, naturally. Here are some tips on how to get the maximum out of your shopping budget, get the best and get into eating better effortlessly.
Never go grocery shopping on an empty or a full stomach.
When you are hungry you are likely to make wrong decisions and pick all the wrong things, instead of real food. Even though you are best and you always stick to your diet, but when you are hungry, you’ll be tempted when you’ll see that Cake or that pack of chips.
The complete opposite happens when you go shopping when you are full, you suddenly think you can survive on a few lettuce leaves and some water and end up not buying enough food for the week. Have something light before you go, a banana or a small yoghurt, or, if you have eaten, wait a little before you go so you can think clearly about what you’re buying.
Buy real food.
Stay away from processed food. It’s been designed to look attractive but it’s probably high in preservatives, sugar and salt and has been through so much processing already with no nutrients left in that. You are not saving anything by buying processed food and ready meals – neither time nor money, but you do lose out on the quality.
Get fresh meat cuts and fish, whole fresh vegetables and fruit, grains, eggs and plain yoghurts. You can do wonders in the kitchen in under 15-20 minutes if your fridge is stocked with these.
Make a good and basic shopping list.
You don’t want to end up walking aimlessly around the supermarket thinking what to buy and then falling for what is advertised as “healthy”. The food you want is often the one that is not advertised at all. You want to get some vegetables, but not too many because they’ll go off, and one or two types of fruit. The thing about fresh produce is that it goes off very quickly so unless you know exactly how you are going to use up all of the exciting items on your list, avoid buying them. Keep it simple and to the point:
Sample Shopping List
– Chicken or turkey breasts
– Lean pork cuts
– Salmon or any other type of fish
– Canned tuna
– Ground pork or beef
– Canned beans
– Cottage Cheese
– Plain Greek Yoghurt
– Low fat Milk
Sources of Good Carbs:
– Fruit (apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapes) and berries (forest berries, strawberries)
– Vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, red and green peppers, onions)
– Sweet Potatoes/Yams
– Whole grain bread
Sources of Good Fat:
– Nuts (almonds, walnuts) and seeds (chia, flax, sunflower)
– Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter)
– Olive and coconut oils
– Coconut milk and cream (actually good for you)
Sweets, chips, sodas and alcohol shouldn’t be completely excluded from the menu but since these are the things that are likely to do you no good and sabotage your healthy lifestyle, they should be bought separately and consumed in moderation.