When you think about healthy eating, chances are you associate it with spending more time in the kitchen and having to research and prepare complicated menus. In this healthy food guide, we’ll give you some tips for creating a grocery shopping list that will keep you organized and also remind you that incorporating healthy foods into your family’s diet doesn’t have to be overly challenging.
When I shop I prefer to organize my list by aisle so I’m spending less time in the supermarket. Here’s what my categories look like:
You may want to reorder this list depending on your particular store. Now, the next step is where incorporating healthy food comes in. Under each category, list several healthy foods that your family already enjoys. For example:
Lowfat or skim milk
Greek yogurt (higher in protein)
No-nitrate turkey hot dogs
Spinach (for salads)
Whole grain breads
Whole grain cereal
Nuts (for snacking)
Lentils & Beans
Canned tomato products for soups
Chips without hydrogenated oils
By having a list of items in front of you, you’ll be more likely to shop from the list rather than pick items that simply look good at the time. The above list is by no means comprehensive. Spend some time looking at all the available foods next time you shop and add to your list.
Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Time Consuming
Making a tuna sandwich is not any harder than making a peanut butter sandwich. Nuts are just as easy to snack on as chips or candy. Throwing some chicken broth, chicken breasts, spices and a few diced vegetables into a soup pot takes less than 10 minutes.
With a bit of organization and an open mind you can begin to incorporate new foods into your diet – and you will see a marked improvement in your health before you know it.