Eating better starts with shopping better. Use these tips at the grocery store, and bag a healthier future.

MAKE A LIST… AND STICK TO IT

Before grocery shopping, write a list of the items you’ll need. At the store, stick to your list. Doing so will keep you from buying extra, unnecessary items. Use a basket instead of cart, too. This will limit room for impulse buys (plus, it’s an easy way to sneak some muscle strengthening in for your arms).

arrowClick to use the fillable grocery list.

SHOP ON THE EDGE

Many healthy foods are found around the store’s perimeter, like fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy. So spend most of your time around the edge of the store. In the aisles, remember to scan high and low.

Check out these healthy recipes filled with healthy foods from around the grocery store perimeter!

READ LABELS

When buying packaged food, read the labels — and not just the nutrition facts. Check out the food’s ingredients, and avoid products with added sugars, fats and preservatives. Typically, the fewer the ingredients, the better. They should be easy to pronounce, too. 

arrowDownload this pocket label reading guide to use when you are out at the store!

MORE TIPS

  • When writing a grocery list, try planning your meals for the week all at once.
  • Check the weekly grocery ads to save some cash.
  • Don’t shop hungry.
  • Avoid rush hour. Longer lines mean more time spent next to common impulse buys like candy and soda.
  • Try buying a new fruit or veggie each week.
  • Choose whole grain pastas, breads and cereals.
  • Choose low fat dairy products.