Story by: Kim Huston on February 9, 2018
Let’s face it, grocery shopping can be a challenging chore, especially if you’re trying to eat better. With temptation at every turn of the grocery cart, how can you make healthy choices for yourself or your family?
Shop like a dietitian. It’s easier than you think! Follow these steps to navigate the grocery store like a pro.
Choose foods that you and your family like to eat so you can stay on track and meet your goals together. Need some recipe ideas? Consider:
Are you more of a spontaneous, play-it-by-ear home cook? That’s OK too. It’s still important to make a shopping list to avoid temptation (and multiple shopping trips). Focus on choosing whole, unprocessed foods that help you build a healthy fridge and pantry so that you can come up with nutritious meals on the fly.
The same thing goes for pasta. If you’ve never cooked whole-grain pasta before, try it with a new recipe. That way, your family won’t expect your famous pasta recipe to taste the way it always has and turn them away from exploring a healthier pasta option.
Choose dairy products that come from hormone-free cows for similar reasons, especially if you have kids or eat and drink a lot of dairy. Go for the cage-free, hormone-free eggs too.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t overthink it. Choose what’s right for your family and budget — if buying organic is important to you, do it. If you want to save money, that’s OK too. The most important tip for healthier eating is adding more vegetables and fruit, and cutting out processed foods.
“The key to healthy eating is not to let the idea of ‘perfect’ get in the way of good habits,” said Erin Wiedmar, clinical nutritionist with Norton Healthcare. “Eating healthy does not mean eating perfect. If you can avoid processed foods filled with added sugar and other concerning ingredients, cook at home most of the time and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily — you’re doing great! It doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.”
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