Follow these 3 simple tips to make smarter food choices on your next trip to the supermarket.
- Stick to the Perimeter – Most of the nutritious food choices that are high in vitamin, minerals, and fiber are located in the perimeter of the supermarket. This is where you will find fruits, vegetables, and lean cuts of meat. It is in the center aisles that we find the majority of the highly processed and packaged foods that are not ideal for our health. Make most of your food choices outside of the center isles.
- Look at the Ingredients – While some people do actively look at the nutrition facts labels for fat content, carbs, and sugars on specific products, they sometimes forget to look at the actual ingredients that make up that product. Aim for food product choices that have 5 or less ingredients. If you see an ingredient list that looks like a page out of a novel it’s best to leave it and make an alternate choice.
- Shop on a Full Stomach – It’s important that when we are doing our shopping that we don’t have an empty stomach and are craving something to eat. These are the times when you may find yourself putting less than ideal food choices into your trolley or cart. Those crisps look extra good, the chocolate cake is staring you in the face, and you are looking to grab everything and anything to eat to satisfy your hunger. Try and have a significant meal before your shopping or at the very least a snack to keep your hunger at bay.
So next time you are in the supermarket see if you can follow these 3 simple tips to ensure that you are making good healthy food choices.