Healthy Grocery Shopping - Tips For Choosing Nutrient
just made my way home from the natural organic market. I had to
pick up a few grocery items and most importantly, I went to their
deli and I picked up a nice meal for tonight. This article will
provide a little glimpse into some healthy grocery shopping tips
along with some nutrient dense food choices and healthy eating steps
when you're at the grocery store.
I had to bring my reusable grocery bag when I went
shopping today since I like to do my part for the environment. The
item I chose from the deli area was an excellent salad and some
nice cut up avocado, carrots, cucumbers, a blend of spinach, and
some romaine lettuce. I always like to get the dressing on the side
so I can kind of control how much I put on the salad. The dressing
for this salad is the ultimate dressing that is healthy and tastes
amazing. It is a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. It's
very simple with not a lot of extra salt or strange flavors added.
Just some good quality fat and some nice lemon for flavor. It's
a very large salad but there's nothing wrong with that since it
contains healthy ingredients. Along with all the veggies in the
salad, I also like to get some extra protein so I got a lentil burger
that's cut up and mixed in with the salad. A big salad like this
isn't too expensive either. A lot of this stuff is in season in
the warm summer months. It's a pretty good, solid and healthy to-go
meal. It's easy, fairly inexpensive and it's super nutritious.
The next item I picked up at the organic grocery story
was a beverage called Hint and basically what that means is it's
water with a hint of lime flavor. No extra sugars or anything strange
like that so it's pretty much water and lime. It's good stuff to
get rehydrated especially in the warm, summer months. I did a lower
body workout today so I need my extra hydration. One of my favorite
milk beverages is called Almond Breeze. I prefer the unsweetened
variety. It's excellent to mix with your favorite protein powder
also. You can pour a little bit of this on oats in the morning or
whatever you desire. You can make a smoothie also. It's nice because
it's not loaded with calories and it provides a nice almond flavor.
Plus, you get some nutritional benefit from almonds, such as a little
bit of nice monounsaturated fats and even a little bit of protein.
You can get it sweetened too but that will just add up to some extra
sugar calories. I prefer the unsweetened variety.
When I was at the store, I had to buy my bulk oats
also. I chose organic since I always like to choose organic products
when possible. I like to buy in bulk because it's extremely cheap
since you can save on the cost of packaging. A nice large bag of
oats will last me a while and it cost me less than $1.50 which is
very inexpensive. Whenever you start stocking up on whole grains
like brown rice and yams, you can buy them in bulk and save a ton
I also picked up a pound of collard greens, carrots,
onions, a nice vegetable mix, along with a little bit of olive oil
and garlic to give them some flavor. What I like to do on Sunday
is prepare my meals for the week up until Wednesday. Then on Wednesday,
I pick up my last two meals for the week. A pound of veggies doesn't
set you back too much in the cost department plus it's super nutritious.
You can't go wrong eating a bunch of vegetables as well as some
I picked up a couple of yams at the store also. I
really like to have yams either first thing in the morning or right
after my workouts just because they're a little more dense in carbohydrates
and they taste excellent! You can't beat these when you bake them
in the oven for about 45 minutes at around 425 degrees. Open them
up, put a little maple syrup on there or some brown sugar along
with a little cinnamon and even some blueberries or walnuts. Just
make sure and have a protein shake on the side and you'll be good
For fruit, I picked up a couple of apples. I always
have apples on hand since they are my favorite fruit. They are super
easy to grab, easy to pack and easy to bring them to work or to
school. Have them with a little bit of all natural peanut butter
for some protein and healthy fat.
Finally, I picked up nice chewing sticks. Otherwise
known as toothpicks. I like the cinnamon variety. These are kind
of nice. I kicked the gum habit a little while ago since I was kind
of going nuts with sugar free gum. I like toothpicks since they
help clean my teeth after a nice meal.
I'm going to make sure and store my refrigerated items
in the fridge so I don't have the potential to get any food borne
illnesses. I'm sure everybody knows the healthy temperature in the
fridge because we all have our fridge thermometers, right? Well,
the answer is to keep your fridge between 34 to 40 degrees. Get
your fridge thermometer and make sure it falls within that range
and you will protect yourself from food borne illness. I hope you
got some great tips out of this article to help you utilize and
enjoy healthy grocery shopping.