4 Tips on How to Shop Smart for Healthy Foods

According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the month of February. And what is the number one New Years resolution most people make? That’s right, weight loss or healthier living. We go into the year with great determination, assuring everyone (especially ourselves) that we won’t be like other 80 percent that give up early on in the year.  We start off excited and motivated, that is until life sets in, starts to get real, and we began to realize that our new healthy lifestyle is requiring more effort and more money than we previously anticipated.

With March dropping in sooner than we are prepared for, our goals for better health don’t have to be thrown into the back burner just yet. Shopping for healthy foods can be inexpensive and easy to do. With less than 2 hours a week of meal preparation and planning, you’ll quickly be back on track with your goals and on your way to healthy living.  Your wallet will thank you, too.

Plan Ahead

Pick a day of the week (for most, Sunday works best) to jot down what meals you’ll be preparing over the next few days, so you know what ingredients to search for when you go grocery shopping. Don’t forget to include beverages and snacks.

Don’t Hungry Shop

Have you ever gone grocery shopping while hungry, and found yourself putting items into your shopping cart that look appetizing at the moment, but hours later you realize you just bought it out of hunger? When you’re hungry, you’re less likely to stick to your grocery list and more likely to buy sweets and processed foods that you can quickly munch on when you get home. You might even stop by to pick up a pizza after grocery shopping to avoid cooking that evening (Admit it. We’ve all done it). Therefore, hungry shopping is never a good idea.

Shop What’s in Season

There are countless reasons why it’s always best to shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here are just 4 BIG reasons why you should.

  1. They’re more affordable. When food is at its peak in supply, it will always be easier to find and cheaper to buy.
  2. They’re fresh. When buying seasonal food you can be sure that the fruits and vegetables haven’t been sitting on shelves for weeks, or transported long distance. Hence, a fresher, better taste.
  3. Maximum nutrition.  Along with maintaining freshness, studies have shown that seasonal fruits and vegetables contain their maximum nutrients when fully developed and ripened.
  4. It helps support local farmers. When you’re on the hunt for seasonal food, no doubt you’ll want to visit your local farms and farmers’s markets for the freshest fruits and vegetables.

Know Where to Shop

Although it may seem more practical to just drive by your nearest grocery store an hour before dinner time, making time to go to your local farmer’s market will help save money on fruits and vegetables. Have room in your home or backyard for a small garden? Go online or browse Pinterest for ideas on DIY home gardens. Interested in home delivery services? Farmfreshtoyou.com will deliver fresh organic produce straight to your door, with several customized and delivery options to choose from to fit your needs.  If you opt for shopping at grocery stores, check for weekly sales ads in the mail, or sign up for weekly newsletters for coupons and deals.

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