How to Navigate the Grocery Store

​​​​​​The grocery store can be quite duanting. It feels like an infinite maze if you're not accustomed to a specific shopping plan. Trying to find an obscure ingredient is similar to navigating a poorly created scavenger hunt. And don't even get us started on all of those tempting distractions at the end of each aisle. Luckily, we're here to help. Use the following tips to make the grocery trip fast, fun, and easy.

Have a Plan

We recommend crafting a shopping list before you set off on your journey (the seasoned shoppers already do this). This list will save you money and time as well as help you avoid impulse purchases. It can be useful to base your list off of the recipes you're going to make for the week. We like to use the iOS Reminder's app (or Out of Milk for Android and iOS) to make a simple list that can be checked off when you find your item. In addition, we sort the items on our list in the order that we will find them in the store. If you shop at multiple stores, make multiple lists. Pro Tip: the perimeter of the store contains the healthiest items.

Veggies, Veggies, oh and Veggies

The foundation of health begins with vegetables. It also proves to be the hardest component to incorporate. Ensure that each meal features a variety of vegetables that you enjoy. Your cart should resemble a rainbow. Buying vegetables and fruits that are in season and local are highest in quality and contain the nutrients that you need for the given season of the year. For a quick hit of greens, try our simple, scrumptious, and nutrient-dense green smoothie.

Don't forget that the frozen aisle can be your best friend. Often, frozen vegetables are as healthy, if not healthier than their fresh counterparts. This is because they are frozen immediately after being picked so their nutrients are quite literally frozen in place until you eat them.

From your vegetable foundation, you can choose your meats, grains, and fats according to your meal plan for the week. If you like to snack (we sure do), plan for this by adding a healthy variety of snacks to your shopping list. Some staples are carrots and hummus, seaweed crisps, dark chocolate, and berries.

Meat

If you're a meat eater, focus on free-range chicken and grass-fed beef. While this isn't a guarantee that the animal was treated humanely or the meat is high quality, it's an improvement over regular meat. Experts recommend keeping your land-animal meat intake low, and consuming wild fish instead. Mercury content in fish is a concern, so be conscious of the type of fish you are purchasing. Here's a guide to help you.

Grains

When possible, go for sprouted or germinated grains. These contain a fuller nutrient spectrum and are more easily digested. If you're a cereal person, check the label for sugar content and ingredients. Whole wheat doesn't always translate to healthy so it's especially important to check the ingredients on these products.

Dairy and Fats

Depending on your diet, choose your fats wisely. If you're on a low-fat diet, then find yogurts and cheeses that are low in fat. However, if you're not following any particiular diet, then whole-fat dairy products are the way to go. They are more nutritious and taste better too! Other than dairy, you can't go wrong with avocados, olive oil, and nuts.

Thanks for reading. Comment below if you have a good tip for navigating the grocery store!

​​​​​​The grocery store can be quite duanting. It feels like an infinite maze if you're not accustomed to a specific shopping plan. Trying to find an obscure ingredient is similar to navigating a poorly created scavenger hunt. And don't even get us started on all of those tempting distractions at the end of each aisle. Luckily, we're here to help. Use the following tips to make the grocery trip fast, fun, and easy.

Have a Plan

We recommend crafting a shopping list before you set off on your journey (the seasoned shoppers already do this). This list will save you money and time as well as help you avoid impulse purchases. It can be useful to base your list off of the recipes you're going to make for the week. We like to use the iOS Reminder's app (or Out of Milk for Android and iOS) to make a simple list that can be checked off when you find your item. In addition, we sort the items on our list in the order that we will find them in the store. If you shop at multiple stores, make multiple lists. Pro Tip: the perimeter of the store contains the healthiest items.

Veggies, Veggies, oh and Veggies

The foundation of health begins with vegetables. It also proves to be the hardest component to incorporate. Ensure that each meal features a variety of vegetables that you enjoy. Your cart should resemble a rainbow. Buying vegetables and fruits that are in season and local are highest in quality and contain the nutrients that you need for the given season of the year. For a quick hit of greens, try our simple, scrumptious, and nutrient-dense green smoothie.

Don't forget that the frozen aisle can be your best friend. Often, frozen vegetables are as healthy, if not healthier than their fresh counterparts. This is because they are frozen immediately after being picked so their nutrients are quite literally frozen in place until you eat them.

From your vegetable foundation, you can choose your meats, grains, and fats according to your meal plan for the week. If you like to snack (we sure do), plan for this by adding a healthy variety of snacks to your shopping list. Some staples are carrots and hummus, seaweed crisps, dark chocolate, and berries.

Meat

If you're a meat eater, focus on free-range chicken and grass-fed beef. While this isn't a guarantee that the animal was treated humanely or the meat is high quality, it's an improvement over regular meat. Experts recommend keeping your land-animal meat intake low, and consuming wild fish instead. Mercury content in fish is a concern, so be conscious of the type of fish you are purchasing. Here's a guide to help you.

Grains

When possible, go for sprouted or germinated grains. These contain a fuller nutrient spectrum and are more easily digested. If you're a cereal person, check the label for sugar content and ingredients. Whole wheat doesn't always translate to healthy so it's especially important to check the ingredients on these products.

Dairy and Fats

Depending on your diet, choose your fats wisely. If you're on a low-fat diet, then find yogurts and cheeses that are low in fat. However, if you're not following any particiular diet, then whole-fat dairy products are the way to go. They are more nutritious and taste better too! Other than dairy, you can't go wrong with avocados, olive oil, and nuts.

Thanks for reading. Comment below if you have a good tip for navigating the grocery store!

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