Food shopping is one chore that everyone has to do at some point during the week, but not many people enjoy it.
It can feel like there are so many choices, yet not enough time or knowledge to choose healthy foods that aren't expensive or that provide enough meals to get you through the week.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s how to make the most out of your trip to the local shops so you end up with more nutritious food, less stress and some money left over.
1. Never shop on an empty stomach
Food hopping on an empty stomach is a recipe for poor decisions. When you’re hungry and wandering the aisles, you’re more likely to act on impulse and add unhealthy foods to your trolley!
Before you go to the shops, fuel up with some water and a snack that will keep you satisfied. Try a snack that contains fiber and protein to help you feel full and keep your blood sugar levels in check. An apple with peanut butter or a banana are good options.
2. Budget wisely
Consider purchasing generic or store brands rather than major brand-name items. They often taste the same (and even have the same ingredients) but are usually less expensive.
Also opt for fresh, in-season produce. Not only will they taste the best, fresh fruits and vegetables are less expensive when they are in season. You can also stock up and freeze to use later.
3. Buy in bulk
If you have the space, buying in bulk can be an excellent budget-friendly way to fill your cupboard and freezer with your favorite healthy foods. The key is to purchase items you use most often! Some good examples of this are rice and pasta, nuts, and frozen fruits or vegetables.
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