Let’s give your over-stuffed, uninspired grocery cart a little makeover. It’s going to be beautiful! We’ll fill it with foods that not only taste delicious, but are healthy and budget friendly. Grocery shopping will never be the same again!
Where to start? Sneak a peak at some recipes you haven’t made in a while or things you’d love to try. Make a grocery list. Keep in mind these 4 easy ways you can give your grocery cart a slimmer, sexier, more energetic look. Ready, set, shop!
1. STICK TO THE OUTSIDE
Stick to the outside rows of your local grocery store next time you’re out grocery shopping. This is where you find fresh produce, bulk nuts and seeds, whole grain breads, fish, meat and dairy. These are some of the healthiest foods you can put into your grocery cart…eating a diet rich in these whole foods has been linked to being slimmer, healthier and more beautiful.
- If you could do your entire grocery shopping on the outside aisles of the store you’d be eliminating more than ¾ of your salt, trans fat and food additive intake.
- The world’s healthiest diets are those that are rich in whole foods, which are found in the outside aisles of a grocery store.
2. FIND A RAINBOW
Eating a variety of colourful, fresh foods that haven’t been processed is a healthy choice, and an economical one. A rainbow of foods in your grocery cart makes it more beautiful to look at. Ah, ha! See, grocery shopping can be a beautiful thing.
- Raw produce (fruits and vegetables) are packed with minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that help keep you feeling energetic, fight off illness and prevent disease. (They also prevent wrinkles!)
- Meats and cheeses are significantly more expensive than fruits and vegetables.
3. BUY IN-SEASON
Look for fruits and vegetables that are full of colour, look crisp and fresh. Fill your grocery cart will produce that is in-season as often as possible!
- Fresh, local, in-season fruits and vegetables have more nutrients. After it is harvested, nutrients in a food start to breakdown. Foods that have to travel a long way have fewer nutrients in them.
- Foods that are in-season are most often significantly less expensive than food that isn’t. Take pineapple for example: in-season a pineapple costs about $3, but out of season, it can cost up to $7.
4. DIVE INTO BULK
Buying food from the bulk aisle is a great money-saving strategy to use while grocery shopping. It can be a healthy choice too!
- Nuts and seeds are packed with minerals many of us are deficient in, including selenium (antioxidant) and zinc (immune-boosting).
- Brightly coloured packages with catchy marketing claims take a team of expensive people to make – you pay for that when you buy a product in a package. But, you don’t have to pay that extra money when you buy foods in bulk.
- Make your own snack mix and put in small containers as a healthy, inexpensive on the go snack.
- If your household eats a lot of one item, think about buying that food item in a big size to save money.