The grocery store can be our best friend or worst enemy at times. We all know the rule- DO NOT go to the grocery store hungry! Not only are you more likely to buy unhealthy, junk food, but your grocery bill and wallet will feel the damage too.
The best tip to dominate the grocery store is to be prepared! Which sounds like a daunting task sometimes, but it will pay off in the long run.
- Plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the next 5 days.
- Check your pantry and refrigerator for items/ingredients that you already have for the week.
- Make your list
- Once at the grocery store- do your best to not stray off the list
- Once home and throughout the week- keep a white board on your fridge of items that you run out of or low on that you will need for next weeks grocery adventure.
Now is the time to figure out where to start. It’s time to make a generic, healthy grocery list of all the staples your family eats. You can use this list weekly and just change up the items as your meals change. This list will have you eating healthy and feeling good in no time!
Protein options: pick at least 3-4
Boneless/skinless chicken breasts
Lean ground turkey
Canned Tuna (in water) (they come in packets as well, good for on-the-go)
Plain Nonfat Cottage Cheese
Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Nonfat cheese sticks
Fibrous Veggie Options: pick at least 4
Complex/Starchy Carb Options (pick at least 1):
Old-fashioned Oatmeal (Gluten-free options available)
Low-carb/Low-sugar cereal (Fiber One)
Whole Grain Bread
Healthy Fat Options (pick at least 2):
Natural peanut butter or almond butter (only ingredient should read peanuts or almonds, there should be oil on top, low/no sodium).
Lemons (for water & fish)
Water– MUST HAVE (obviously)
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Green tea bags
Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
Stevia or other zero cal sweetener
Pam Non-stick cooking spray
This list will prepare you to make healthy decisions next time you are at the grocery store. Be healthy! Stay active! Stay positive!