March 2013 Best Food Forward: PLAN SHOP COOK ENJOY!
Plan Shop Cook Enjoy!
Healthy eating starts at the supermarket. A grocery shopping strategy can save you time and money. It can also make healthy eating a little easier. Once you’ve got your plan, stick to it and enjoy!
Before you head to the store, think about what meals you’ll be making, scan flyers for specials, check your kitchen’s inventory and make a grocery list.
Read food labels and compare products to choose nutrient-rich foods in every aisle of the store. Fill your cart with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, milk products, lean fresh meat and meat alternatives such as legumes. Skip processed foods that are filled with fat, sugar or salt and low in nutrients.
Prepare more meals from scratch with good-for-you ingredients. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated; nutritious convenience foods, such as frozen fruit, ready-to-go salads and pre-chopped vegetables, offer simple shortcuts.
Save time! A little planning before going to the grocery store helps you navigate aisles quickly.
It helps to know what you’re going to cook before you head to the store. A meal plan and grocery list make shopping simple. At the beginning of each week, take a few minutes to plan healthy meals and snacks – even just a few days’ worth.
Check store flyers and online coupon sites for specials. They can inspire meal ideas and help you save money! Check what foods you already have, then create a grocery list based on your meal plan. At the store, use your list to stay on track and shop only for foods you need.
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