Plan a Week’s Worth of Nutritious Meals
Keep in mind which days you’ll have time to cook from scratch. Then, check your cupboards and make a list before you go shopping.
Shop the Perimeter of the Store First
That’s where you’ll find the fresh fruits and vegetables. Most stores also display dairy products, poultry, and other fresh foods around the perimeter.
Read Food Labels
Food labels help you compare nutrients and ingredients between similar foods.
Avoid Shopping When You’re Hungry
Shopping when you are not hungry will make it easier to stick to your shopping list. Without making impulse buys based on hunger, you’ll spend less.
Stock Up on Healthy but Convenient Favorites
Not everything convenient is unhealthy. Look for these healthy staples to make weeknight cooking quick:
- Salad in a bag
- Ready-to-grill meat and fish
- Pre-cut vegetables
Buy Items So You Can “Piggy-Back” Meals
You don’t have to buy new ingredients for every meal. A roast chicken one night can supply the ingredients for a quick Caesar salad the next day.