10 grocery shopping tips for a whole foods approach

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10 grocery shopping tips for a whole foods approachby 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.

10 reasons to blog ahead (1)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.


10 reasons to blog ahead (2)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.


10 reasons to blog ahead (3) 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.


10 reasons to blog ahead (4)go to the farmers market. do the bulk of your shopping at your local farmers market and use the grocery store to supplement it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (5)check the country of origin. most fresh produce and packaged goods will let you know where it came from. the closer the better!


10 reasons to blog ahead (6)look for color. the more colorful your cart the healthier you'll be (and colored cardboard doesn't count!).


10 reasons to blog ahead (7)shop organic. you, your family and our planet will be much healthier for it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (8)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.


10 reasons to blog ahead (9)minimal packaging. look for items that either have no packaging (fresh produce and bulk items) or come with minimal packaging.


10 reasons to blog ahead (10) 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!

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  • great tips! I’m spoiled by walking through a farmers market and having a whole foods and trader joes close to work but i still have to remind myself about buying things that have a lot of color (otherwise I just end up with all brown chocolate – that’s not bad, right?!)

  • Love these! Definitely sharing tomorrow on my blog… thanks!

  • Just came over from your Online Etsy Lab and LOVE your blog! Loved this post especially! :D

  • This is all so true! It is much healthier to buy whole foods! For example, MSG has so many other names! So a long list of ingredients on packaged food might not have the word MSG on it, but it may be in there without you even knowing since it has other names! If you buy an orange, you know exactly what is in it…buy Whole! :)

    • oh, such a great point! :)

  • Great tips! I try to eat whole foods but get distracted easily in the store.. The vegetables and fruits are very sad in comparison to the other products.. I must go to the market more.. :)

  • These are great guidelines! I’m trying to eat healthier, whole foods and so often trips to the grocery store are overwhelming. Thanks for the tips!

  • Love this! Shared it on facebook and mommies and students alike, loved it too :)))

  • Great tips – and I really love the design element of your 1-10, they’re so pretty!!

  • I couldn’t agree more! The other day someone told me that they hate grocery shopping. I gave them tips like these in hope that they will know that shopping for groceries can be one of the most rewarding things to do. My biggest tip I give is, bring a list.

    And might I add, eating a whole foods plant-based diet makes my grocery shopping that much more fun! :)

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