Grocery shopping might not always be fun for all, but there are ways we can make improvements. We all spring clean our homes from time to time. Why not do some spring cleaning to the way we do our shopping.
Moving into the new year, setting aside some of our not to healthy shopping habits, is crucial if we want to step it up in the new year.
Firstly, I would recommend you make your normal shopping list and sit down to see where you can make improvements to the usual items you buy. Use this time to spring clean old outdated purchasing habits, replacing them with healthier options.
Where to start with your Spring Clean:
- See where you can swap things out for better options.
- Where you can replace processed options for fresh, whole foods
- Consider stopping by the fresh food isle once a week, instead of buying convenient frozen options
- Add salads and smoothies to your usual meal plans
Having a list ready will help keep your meals interesting and well balanced.
I just love pinning meal ideas on my Pinterest boards; there are so many ideas out there that will inspire anyone, even those looking for healthier options. Some of the pins are even created by mommies wanting to make healthier meals for their families, enticing their kids without them knowing they are eating extra veggies.
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You are most welcome to take a look at one of my favorite boards on Pinterest called Healthy Eating, to show you an example of what I am talking about.
Creating these boards as inspiration will help you pick better when shopping, and as a result, your family might end up eating colorful meals that look like they have stepped out of a magazine.
Most of us know in a round about way what healthier foods look like. However, I will just share a few tips with you to help you during your shopping:
- Since most of the processed foods are in the middle isles, I recommend that you shop around the outside isles
- Don’t get too stuck on “organic”, but be sure to look out for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Healthy foods tend to be quite simple to prepare and you don’t need hours in front of the stove
- Take time to learn how to prepare fresh foods; it is so easy when you know how
- If you keep your kitchen well stocked, eating healthier becomes second nature
- And as stated above, do some planning before shopping
- In this planning, be sure to keep in mind what is in season
To successfully Spring Clean your Grocery Shopping you will have to take a look at what you already have in your kitchen.
You can have a look at the following tips to help set your kitchen up for healthier eating:
- Pre-Prep and freeze your own meals, instead of buying from the store
- Make sure you have adequate glass and pyrex containers
- Go through your spice rack and get rid of expired and unused spices (at least twice a year)
- Replace your spices at health stores so that you know you have the best options available
- Plan a whole month of meals, so that you can consider your frozen options on those busy days (better than take out)
- Break this down into weekly lists and if your schedule is hectic like with the most of us, try and get ahead of your preparation when you can
- Always try at least to have fresh fruit and (or) vegetable options as snacks as well as include such to your main meals.
So once you have spring cleaned your old spices, it is time to refill it with the ‘go-to staples’ that all those healthier recipes expect you to have on hand. Remember small changes and tweaks do tend to get results. Even if it is only to help you focus on healthier options, the rest will follow.
Here is a list of my ‘Go-To Staples’:
- Extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Healthy oils, such as walnut, sesame, flax, or avocado
- Nut butters (no sugar added) such as almond, cashew, macadamia, or walnut (raw if possible)
- Nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, and macadamia
- Seeds, like hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, and sesame
- Sesame seed paste (Tahini)
- Unsweetened canned full-fat coconut milk
- Hemp or almond milk (unsweetened)
- Kalamata olives (Canned or Jarred)
- Vinegars like Apple cider (mother tincture) and Balsamic vinagar
- Bone broth (vegetable or chicken)
- Dijon mustard
- Himalayan salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Seasonings and spices, such as parsley, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, cilantro, thyme, coriander, rosemary, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, sage and oregano.
Try to do your shopping at your local farmers markets and aim to get colorful varieties (high in different phytonutrients).
Even though I recommend reading all labels of the items you buy, I do recommend you try to keep this to a minimum. You can really make delicious meals with foods close to their natural state.
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