Thursday, October 13, 2011

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips

Grocery shopping, much like doing laundry and washing dishes, is something that we will always have to do.

Whether you go everyday or once a week, making the most economical and healthy choices are probably on the top of your to-do list.

From the moment we enter the store, we are bombarded with colourful displays, prominent "for sale" item and impulse buys at the checkout.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and end up with a cart full of groceries, which may or may not be the healthiest choices.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way around the store and make better picks for you and your family.


Do your research.  Check out weekly flyers to see which items you need are on sale and where.  You can also find coupons online at places like  If you are going to multiple stores, think about how much money and time it will take you to travel and if that makes it your trip worth it. 

Make a list.  It is easy to overspend at the grocery store, so plan your weekly meals in advance and shop from a list.  Not only will you save money, but it will save you time.

Shop around the edge.  Veggies, fruits, meats and milk products are all found around the periphery of the store.  Start your trip there for the healthiest choices and then make your way down the aisles.

Read labels.   If something has more than 5 ingredients or words you can't pronounce, put it back on the shelf.  Also pay attention to the nutritional information and look for items that are low in saturated fat and high in protein and fibre.  Remember to check how many servings are in the can or box.

Try a different store.  If you have been doing all of your shopping at the same store year after year, it can be easy to get in a food rut.  A new store could mean different brands, food variety and perhaps new recipe inspiration.

How do you attack your weekly (or daily) shopping trip?  Any tips to share?

Stay Healthy,

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