Changing your shopping habits can mean success with your new lifestyle changes, for nutritious healthy foods everyone in the family will enjoy. Approach your grocery shopping experience with a plan for family meals for the next week.
Many stores have a bakery tempting customers with the aroma of fresh- baked bread, sweet cinnamon rolls and a colorful display of cupcakes. Making the mouth water and before you know it a box of cakes finds its way into your cart. Combat the urge to buy these sugary treats by eating before you leave home. Chewing gum or sipping from the bottle of water you carry with you helps.
Walk a different aisle away from the baked goods towards the rear of the store where the fridges are, for low- fat milk, cheese, spreads, yogurt and eggs. There is no difference between white eggs and brown eggs. The difference is white chickens lay white eggs and brown chickens lay brown eggs, interesting huh.
Did you know that whole milk and two percent milk contain the same amount of calcium, so you can still look after you children’s teeth and bones when using low- fat two percent milk. Saving money and space in the fridge if the whole family uses the same milk. Using two percent milk is an ideal way to reduce fat in sauces, custards, your mashed potato will be smoother.
Continue your journey around the edge of the store for meat, poultry and fish. Finish at the vegetable aisle placing soft fruits on the top of your cart where they are less likely to get bruised or squashed.
Avoiding the main aisle you missed the stacks of chips, chocolate and sugar laden sodas the store is trying to clear with 3 for 2 offers. Grocery store offers appear to be great value but do you really need all those chips and soda cans tempting you every time you go to the pantry? No, not when you are changing your eating habits. Bottled water or fruit juice make a healthier choice.
Gravy dinners (meat, potatoes, vegetables), changed to pasta dishes, rice dishes, lentils, beans, salads delicious soups.Think Italian spaghetti and tomato sauce, Indian rice and vegetable curry, Chinese style vegetables stir fried with bean sprouts. Make filling dishes with lentils, side dishes of black beans. Using herbs, like mint, cilantro and chives to your taste. Add aromatic heat with chili, turmeric,paprika. ginger, pumpkin spice or nutmeg just some of the popular spices available. Pick up the mustard, ketchup, low-fat mayo, that cute bear full of honey we are almost done.
Grab a loaf of bread, whole grain if possible, and wraps on your way pay. That bottle of water you brought with you will helping quell the impulse to buy lemonade and candy bars from the check out. Well done, another lifestyle change you have made this week.
Unpacking the shopping when you get home and you barely have time to turn round before your brood start asking, “What’s for dinner?” Zap potatoes in the microwave and serve with cottage cheese or tuna for a quick and easy meal. Follow with bananas, a yogurt or both.
Get the kids to wash the dishes while you relax for a while with a coffee, scanning the computer for that healthy eating article you found.