Healthy Food Shopping Guide
When you check out the supermarket there are some simple steps you can take to make certain your steering clear of all the processed foods. Most supermarkets have their fresh produce such as fruit and veggies, meats, fish, eggs and dairy products on the peripherals of the shop. This is because all of these foods have a short shelf life so they must be somewhere where they can be effortlessly be moved and removed. It’s these foods that should constitute the bulk of your shopping as they are nutrient dense foods.
The foods you should avoid tend to be in the middle of the supermarkets or by the checkouts. Foods such as cereals, biscuits, crisps, crackers and chocolates have very little nutrient value and loads of preservatives. Because of this they have a very long shelf life.
Some quick tips For Healthy Foods Shopping
Have a shopping list
Don’t go to the supermarket and try and play it by ear, you will end up with items you don’t need and will spend far too much time wandering up and down the isles. Make a shopping list before you go and stick to it!
Know your supermarket’s layout
Once you are familiar with where all the healthy nutritious foods are in your supermarket, you should stick those areas. Usually the perimeter of the store has the best foods – fresh produce, fresh meats and dairy. Avoid aisles in the center of the store that are loaded with candy, sugary cereals and packaged fancy foods.
Make certain you eat before you shop
If you go to the supermarket hungry, it is almost inevitable you will grab something that is not on your shopping list. And these foods you typically are attracted to tend to be quick, highly processed, sugary foods guaranteed to raise blood sugar levels and slap excess fat onto your body.
Get your food from the farmers market
If you can, avoid the supermarket all together and shop at the local farmers markets. This is possibly your best choice when it comes to getting good quality nutrient dense produce. You will be able to pick up locally grown, organic foods and grass fed meats for reasonable prices.
Know how to read food labels
Knowing the bad ingredients from the good is a vital skill one must have, particularly in America. Alternately, check out FoodSniffr healthy food lists to learn exactly what’s in your food.
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