Just some tips to keep in mind for grocery shopping that will help you make better choices for you and your family.
- “Perimeter shopping” Around the outer edge of the store is where the more perishable food items are located. Try to spend most of your time in this area buying fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, milk products (alternatives) and meats (and alternatives).
- Try not to shop when you’re hungry. Have a small snack before heading to the grocery store, if it has been a while since your last meal. This will help you make better selections and resist the temptation of less nutritious items.
- Resist the temptation of less nutritious options that happen to be “on sale”. Instead try to save by using coupons.
- Make a list in advance. This will not only stop you from “impulse buying” but it will also stop you from buying items you may already have at home. Helping you better manage your food budget.
- Try to plan your meals and snacks for the week in advance. This will help with making your grocery list and with keeping regular eating patterns.
- Take some time in the store or at home to read the Nutrition Facts Table and ingredient list of some of the items you select. Here is a simple tutorial on reading food labels from Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/alt_formats/pdf/label-etiquet/nutrition/cons/fact-fiche-eng.pdf
- Last but certainly not least. Get to know more about the foods you usually buy before shopping. Eat Wise is an online tool that provides accurate nutrition information on foods sold in Canada directly from the manufacturer. http://eatwise.ca/default.aspx
Dietitians of Canada (2012) Make wise choices, wherever you go: supermarket smarts. Retrieved from http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Food-Shopping/Supermarket-Smarts.aspx