A trip to your nearest grocery store can result in two things – you’ll either ended up buying chips, chocolates and cookies, or stock up your basket with green leafies, fruits and healthy proteins.
Grocery shopping can be daunting even for the most organized and disciplined person. Unhealthy foods lurk everywhere and tempt you with their charm, threatening to throw you off the health wagon.
Here, a grocery list becomes essential, to help you navigate the different aisles and see to it that you stick to your healthy eating plans, minimizing impulse shopping and saving you tons of money, too! Take out your notebooks for our tips on how to shop with a healthy grocery list-
Cereals and breakfast foods-
What to have on your list? Only whole-grain or multigrain cereals, steel-cut oatmeals and whole-grain cereal bars. Avoid the ones with high sugar content and opt for organic, high fiber varieties that will provide you ample nutrition and also keep you full for longer hours. If you want some sweet, buy dried fruits or berries for natural sweetness.
Meats and other poultry-
Organic skinless chicken breasts, ground turkey, fresh salmon, trout, or any of your favourite seafood should definitely be in your cart. Don’t forget to add eggs to be able to whip up quick, nutritious omelette snacks. Avoid the packets that have high sodium content, and buy meats with the leanest cuts.
Edible oils and other good fats-
Olives, olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, are some of your best friends. You could also add cashews and flaxseeds to your list, and use them in your breakfast or simply as snacks.
Bread, pasta and other carbs-
Choose brown rice over white, and whole-wheat pasta over the refined flour ones. For more variety in carbs, add Sweet potatoes, potatoes, oats, butternut squash, quinoa to your list. Remember, wherever possible, choose the whole grain version of everything.
Most of your favourite brands of ketchups and sauces can contain high levels of sugar and salt. Opt for the low-sodium, sugar-free varieties for a healthier switch. Replace mayonnaise with low-fat options like salsa or hot sauce. Also remember to add balsamic vinegar, spices, herbs, raw honey, and stevia.
Fruits and veggies-
Always remember to think global, but eat local. Look for variety of colourful fruits and vegetables that are in season and are locally grown. They will not taste better, but also cost you less.
Dairy products –
Put low-fat or no-fat versions of dairy products in your cart – from skim milk or soymilk, to fat-free yogurt, cottage cheese and string cheese snacks.
Avoid soda and other sweet beverages like the plague. Opt instead for unsweetened seltzer, green tea, ginger tea, and unsweetened iced tea.
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