by now, you probably know that i eat a whole foods, plant based diet (especially if you follow the dinner ideas posts or recipe page!). one of the ways that i make eating this way possible, is by following a few rules at the grocery store and farmers market. some may seem obvious, others a little wacky, but below are the top 10 tips i follow when shopping for grub.
buy whole ingredients. look for items that contain only one ingredient in them (squash, polenta, quinoa, soybeans). if you must buy items that have more than one ingredient, look for a short ingredient list (6 or less ingredients) that contain nothing but whole foods. basically, if you can't pronounce or grow it yourself - then don't eat it.
stay on the outskirts of the store. buy shopping the outer edges of the store, you'll be much more inclined to pick up fresh ingredients, and steer clear of the packaged and processed foods.
buy a foreign ingredient. i seriously do this nearly every time i go to the store! pick up a new fruit or veggie that you've never cooked with before, and i promise you'll find some new favorites.
go to the farmers market. do the bulk of your shopping at your local farmers market and use the grocery store to supplement it.
check the country of origin. most fresh produce and packaged goods will let you know where it came from. the closer the better!
look for color. the more colorful your cart the healthier you'll be (and colored cardboard doesn't count!).
shop organic. you, your family and our planet will be much healthier for it.
shop what's in season. know what's in season in your area and eat locally. watermelons should only be eaten in the summer, and butternut squash only in the winter.
minimal packaging. look for items that either have no packaging (fresh produce and bulk items) or come with minimal packaging.
10) look for alternatives. start noticing the alternatives that your local store or health food store carry. do they have almond milk? coconut creamer? earth balance butter? coconut oil? research the healthier alternatives and start using them.
do you have any favorite shopping market tips? i would love to hear them, i'll meet you in the comments section!