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10 Ways To Choose Healthier Options While Grocery Shopping

Storing unhealthy foods at home will make you snack these too often. Here are some tips which can help you shop healthy and eat healthy.

10 Ways To Choose Healthier Options While Grocery Shopping

Choose protein-rich snacks to fight hunger pangs

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Choose fresh vegetables over frozen and canned ones
  2. Always read labels before buying any packed eatable
  3. Highly processed foods are loaded with salt and sugar

It is often said that you should avoid buying unhealthy foods because not having junk food at home is the best way to avoid eating it. But how to ensure you don't buy junk and your grocery basket is filled with nutritious goodness? It helps you eat healthy if you focus on what you are buying. Choose good and balanced foods, and be cautious of package defects or how processed the food items are. If you are planning to make your diet healthier here are a few tips that can help making your grocery shopping healthy.

Here are a few tips for making safe food decisions when shopping


1. Make a list

The display in stores makes junk food look tempting. Plan your menus for the week before you go out for the ingredients. Make a list of grocery items needed, and then go shop.

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Make a list of healthy ingredients before shopping
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2. Choose carefully

Often we tend to go for the low fat or low sugar, but most of the so-called low-fat items are high on sugar, and low sugar items are high in fat. This keeps their calories high, whereas even the label of 'healthy' or 'diet-snacks' is usually misleading. These often pack as many calories as the fried version. So check the label and pick options with low calories.

3. Buy leaner cuts of meat

White meats and seafood are the best but if looking for red meat; go for lean cuts.

Also read: Our Expert Recommended These Simple Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping; You Must Try These!

4. Opt for poultry without skin

Chicken skin includes lots of calories and saturated fat. So, you can choose skinless chicken breasts.

5. Beware of the salt found in dried meats

Limit your consumption of salami, ham, bacon, smoked salmon, sausages, and chicken loaf.

Also read: Anti-Inflammatory Foods: 7 Best Food Items You Should Add To Your Diet

6. Purchase fresh vegetables

Canned and pickled vegetables tend to have high added salt content. Frozen vegetables on the other hand can often preserve most nutrients. But it is best to eat fresh vegetables. Ensure that you eat enough fresh vegetables.

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Add enough fruits and vegetables to your diet for a healthy body
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7. Check the date

Avoid the risk of eating unsafe perishable foods, particularly frozen or chilled items. A 'use-by' date signifies the day a good can be eaten, while the 'best of' day means the day the item will continue at its highest condition.

8. Keep the hot foods hot and the cold foods cold

Make sure high-risk foods (such as poultry, dairy products, and seafood) are kept out of the 'temperature threat zone' when moving food between the store and your house. Keep them under 5 degree celsius  or over 60 degree celsius.

9. Look for food bargains

Bulk purchase ingredients for healthy meals at markets and supermarkets. With long shelf life, the non-perishable alternatives include dried tomatoes, beans, legumes, and dried pasta.

Also read: 6 Diet Tips You Must Follow For A Healthy Heart

10. Limit takeaway and convenience foods

These are pricey, high in sugar, high in salt, and low in nutrients and leaving you hungry again after eating them for a few hours.


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