Most people do not want or know how shop for healthy food because it “costs too much”. What if I told you that you can save some cash by incorporating simple healthy food and shopping tips into your grocery store visits? At times is can be simpler that we think, but our fast paced society makes it easy to spend money on fast food and vending machines easy outs when trying to make healthy choices. Want to save some cash? Then stop eating out all of the time! Try creating your own delicious meals at home. Not only will you save money, but you will also reduce your waist line and eliminate the unnecessary ingredients that may be hiding in pre-prepared and processed foods. While this sounds like a wonderful idea… where do you start? If you are new ready to get your healthy lifestyle in gear, check out the 4 tips below that will give you pointers on how to shop for healthy food while in the endless sea of food at the grocery store.
4 Must-Try Grocery Shopping Tips
1. Shop the perimeter- Most stores have the fresh produce and meat section on the walls of the building. Here is where you will find items with little to no extra ingredients at their simplest forms. When you start creeping into the isles, you will begin to find boxed items that are loaded with sodium and preservatives to increase shelf life.
2. Be a label reader- Ever wonder what exactly it is that you are eating? Well turn the box around and check out the nutrition facts panel. You will be surprised at the crazy amount of chemicals that are found in some of the daily food staples you are eating. If something looks funny or you cannot pronounce it on the label, try to shop for a healthier and different option that has less ingredients and less preservatives.
3. Be skeptical- “Low Fat, Sugar Free, Low Sodium”. These claims are all over the common food items and it is almost expected that our food is labeled with some type of “healthy-choice” claim. Just because the food has a “too good to be true” label on it does not mean it is actually good for you. If an item is missing fat, sugar, sodium or carbs, there is a great chance that other items have been added to keep the flavor and consistency similar to the original version. Sometimes it is better to indulge in moderation on the original product instead of dealing with too much of the fake and overly processed type.
4. Go for fresh or frozen- When learning how to shop for health food, always go with the fresh or frozen option as opposed to the canned versions when possible. For example get fresh chicken breast as opposed to the canned version that is full of salt and tons of preservatives. The same goes for fruit. Get the fresh whole fruit rather than the canned version that has added sugar and syrups in it to make it sweeter and last longer. If you choose frozen, remember to read the label on the back and make sure that it is not loaded with sodium or a creamy sauce which will just add more calories. Next time you try to take the cheaper or easier way out, think about this- fresh meat and fruit will spoil in a matter of days- isn’t it kind of freaky if it can last for months when packaged on a shelf?
Now that you know how to shop for healthy food, put these tips into practice the next time you are at the grocery store so that you can make decision that will lead you towards you goals. If you have any secret healthy shopping tips that you use, please leave a comment below!
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