MTT Weekly Challenge #35 Supermarket Success

Making healthy food choices at home starts with the choices you make at the supermarket. With over 7,000 food items to choose from, grocery shopping can be quite the challenge. Although it may seem more appealing to dine out, eating at home instead of dining out for 1 meal every week, saves up to $364 per person per year! In addition to the high price, most restaurant food doesn’t compare to the nutritional benefits of making fresh foods from home. By learning these shopping tips, you’ll find it much easier to eat healthy and save money.

Choose natural, whole foods over man-made, processed products.

1. Make a List
: Creating a grocery list makes it easier to eat well and keep you within budget.

2. Eat Before You Go: 
Hungry shoppers usually buy more food and make poorer choices.

3. Include Helpers: 
Being included can get your family more excited to eat healthier.

4. Read Labels: 
Focus on the ingredients listed. Less is best!

5. Shop The Perimeter
: Shop the perimeter to fill your cart with more nutrient-packed whole foods.

6. Check For Freshness: 
Check the expiration date and reach for foods in the back of the pile/shelf.

7. Buy In Bulk: Stock up on healthy frozen fruits and veggies.

Navigating Sections

Use these tips when buying from different sections within the grocery store:

Produce: local, organic
Nuts & seeds: organic, unsalted. 
Meats: local, organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, pastured
. Poultry & eggs: local, organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, free-range. 
Fish & seafood: wild, low in mercury. 
Dairy: organic, hormone/antibiotic-free, full-fat, plain, grass-fed
. Grains: gluten-free, minimally processed. 
Grain products: “sprouted” or sourdough.

Organic vs Non-Organic

Not all so-called healthy items are created equal. Your guide to what items are better organic and which you can save a few buck on are listed below:

Dirty dozen: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell pepper, potato, blueberries, lettuce, kale and collards.

Clean 15: onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms.

Good health starts with nutrition. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your next grocery shopping trip and you can count this week’s challenge as complete!

Benefits
Save Money
Enjoy Healthier Food
Feel Better

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