Shopping in markets can be tough when you are trying to be healthy because of the temptation to get unhealthy foods and simply confusing if you don’t know how to shop right. Many people think that healthy shopping can be expensive, and I’m not going to lie, it can be. But if you shop smart than it will end up being cheaper then shopping unhealthy.
Here are my tips:
- make sure to not shop on a hungry stomach, you will be drawn to everything
- plan ahead if you are wanting to not goes crazy with spending. set yourself a certain amount of money and/or write a grocery list and stick to it.
- make sure to include fruits, vegetables dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts
- to keep it interesting, try a new fruit/veg/nut/yogurt each week
- spend the most time in the produce and choose a rainbow of options
- for breads, pastas, and cereals get the least processed, most natural, and lowest ingredient choice there is. Kashi and 365 are good brands to try
- strawberries, bell peppers, apples, and all meats must be organic.
- try nut milks instead of dairy milk and try to find yogurt with the least processes,most natural, and words that you can pronounce. Chobani, Fage, and Siggi are all good brands.
- buy your fruits and vegetables fresh, not canned
- choose “real” foods, such as 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processing and as few additives as possible. If you want more salt or sugar, add it yourself.
- avoid foods that contain artificial ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
- if possible; try to go to farmers markets to get fresh items and to support your local farmers