Good-for-You Grocery Shopping Habits
By Vanessa Voltolina
Navigating the grocery store intelligently means having a plan. And with the overwhelming amount of options on the shelves, it’s easy to see why it’s necessary! Without a shopping strategy, “many folks fall into the trap of buying bulk food items just because they’re cheap,” says registered dietitian Jenny Champion.
While buying bulk on sale is an effective way to save money if have a large family or are stocking up for a gathering, “most likely, you don’t need all that food, especially if it’s just two of you,” she says. Also, both impulse buys and over-purchasing may mean choosing “bad” food options and overeating, which can be detrimental to your — and your loved ones’ — health.
If you’ve been known for making a grocery faux pas or two in the past or just need a refresher on supermarket best practices, review these smart tips from Champion. She provides some guidance on bringing home the healthiest picks that are still cost-effective:
1. Don’t shop hungry.
You’ve likely heard this one before, but it’s incredibly easy (and likely) that you’ll make impulse purchases if you head to the grocery store on an empty stomach. Before you shop, “eat a breakfast containing fiber,” says Champion, as well as other good-for-you ingredients.
2. Shop the perimeter.