By Jon Esposito
Love it or hate it, everyone needs to go to the grocery store at some point. Here are 5 easy tips to attack your next trip to Trader Joe’s (or whatever grocery store you choose to shop).
1. Shop the Perimeter
Shop the Perimeter in the grocery store. This is where you will find the produce and protein sections. Fill your cart with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Aim to buy more in-season produce. Use the dirty dozen clean fifteen list to help decipher which produce you would prefer to buy organic.
Next gather your meat, fish, and eggs. Aim for pasture raised and grass-fed meat if able. Aim to choose wild caught over farmed fish. Organic pastured eggs or omega-3 eggs are also good choices.
Look for the aisles which contain your grains, legumes and beans. Good options to stick to on this aisle are quinoa, brown rice and wild rice. Pay attention to labels and look for items with good source of fiber (~3g per serving). Dried or canned beans and legumes are good choices. If choosing canned beware of unnecessary ingredients. Aim for canned beans to only contain beans, water, and possibly a little salt. Avoid any added sugar or oils to canned goods.
3. The Freezer Section
The freezer section is a great place to buy frozen fruits and vegetables. These tend to be cheaper than fresh produce and are just if not more nutritious. Make sure the ingredients is only fruit or vegetable. There should be no added oil, sugar, or additive.
4. Read The Labels
Further ailes you go down you’ll find more packaged products. With any of these products you need to read the labels. Be weary of ingredients you cannot pronounce or if you don’t know what something is. Aim for products with simple ingredients made from real food.
5. Added Sugars
Added sugars are often found in more processed, packaged foods. Lookout for sugar in other forms on the label such as syrup, molasses, cane juice, fruit juice concentrate, and ingredients ending in “ose” such as dextrose and fructose.
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