A while back, I participated in a “Shopping Matters” event, put on by Cooking Matters. I learned so much, and I wanted to share it with you.
- Healthy foods are, for the most part, located around the perimeter of the store. Stick to this area and you’re less likely to buy the processed, bad-for-you stuff.
- Knowing the layout of the grocery store is key to minimizing the time you spend there. This is why I normally shop at the same grocery store – without the hubs and the kid. I love getting in and getting out as quickly as possible.
- There is a difference between the vegetable drawer and the fruit drawer. The fruit drawer “ripens” food. The vegetable drawer keeps things fresh longer. Lesson learned: keep them separated. Also, eat your veggies ASAP, for maximum nutrients.
- When you buy fruit and vegetables that are in season, they have a higher nutritional content. Less travel and preserving involved.
- Leafy greens (i.e. collard greens, mustard greens, kale, etc.) have a high nutritional value. Also, the darker they are, the more nutrients they have.
- The more color variety in your vegetable choices, the more nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants there are. So, get colorful with your veggies! It’s good for you.
- When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, be aware of the shelf life. When you buy it, keep in mind when you’re going to use it.
- It’s cheaper to buy whole fruits and vegetables. When you buy pre-cut, you’re really just paying extra for convenience. Although, some days that convenience is totally worth it.
- Beef comes in different fat percentages. For hamburgers choose 90/10 or 96/4 because it’s less fat. For something like spaghetti chose 83/17 because you drain the fat off after cooking.
- Juice from concentrate is still juice, so it’s OK. This was a biggie for me. I always assumed the juice from concentrate was less healthy.
- Frozen vs. Fresh vegetables? Either is OK. The plus side of frozen is that the prices are consistent. Also, if fresh isn’t local, frozen is great, because it’s frozen “fresher.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, chef, etc. My posts should not be considered as medical and/or dietary advice.