A Healthy Guide to Grocery Shopping – Start where you shop!

Ok, so I wasn’t always a grocery shopper.  I mean, I’ve been a bachelor for years and it wasn’t on my top priority list.  That was until I got on my health streak (which I have continued for YEARS now).  So, I thought I’d share some good tips with you when you go to the store.  Check it!

What You Should Buy At The Grocery Store?

Do you know what you need when you leave for the grocery store, or do you just pick up foods and toss them into your shopping cart ad-hoc? Grocery shopping might not always be the most fun task on your “to do” list, but it can be made easier and quicker if you shop with a list. If you know what you need to purchase before you enter the sea of glimmering cereal boxes and walk down the aisles of candy land lane, you can prevent yourself from tempting foods that just aren’t healthy for you, or better yet, you can stop yourself from overspending at the check-out line.

But, that’s not all; if you make a list ahead of time you can fill your basket with healthy snacks, eat healthier meals throughout the week and build a shopping list that will last a lifetime.

Here are some staple items to put on your list:

Vegetables and fruits are best when in season and should make up the largest part of your list. Vegetables and fruits have vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and are low in calories.

Meats should be mostly fish, – think omega 3s – and poultry, but don’t eliminate your hamburgers and steak. Serve lean cuts of beef and pork cooked in olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Whole grains are important for vitamins, minerals and fiber. Choose quinoa, millet, spelt and steel cut oats. Choose breads and cereals made from whole grains and read labels.

Dairy products such as milk and cheese should be eaten in moderation and kept low in fat. Goat’s cheese such as feta is a great option. If you do not want bovine dairy products, choose almond milk, rice milk or soy milk.

Salad Dressings often hide refined sugar and poor quality oils. Make your own. Buy olive oil and balsamic, mix together with a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Remember to Drink water, juice and herbal teas; all are good choices. Better yet, make your own juice to eliminate unhealthy preservatives and hidden sugars found in the juices from frozen concentrates and supermarket shelves.

Choose certified organic foods when possible. Certified Organic means your meats, fruits and vegetables are free of added hormones from animals and free of pesticides.

Find what works best for you, but here are some grocery items I keep on my weekly shopping list:

· Steel cut oatmeal, stevia or organic maple syrup to taste

· Plain non-fat organic yogurt (or make your own yogurt), stevia to taste

· Non-fat milk

· Seasonal fruits

· Season vegetables

· Certified organic chicken

· Certified organic ground turkey

· Raw almonds

· Raw walnuts

· Dried raisins, apricots and mangos

· Ezekiel whole grain tortillas and bread

· Fresh sliced deli meat

· Feta cheese

· Spinach Lettuce

Dark organic chocolate, 60% or more – delivers healthy antioxidants while it feeds your sweet tooth.  Isn’t that awesome?

Enjoy and Be Well,

Juicy Josh


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