Shopping for food may seem difficult when prices are high, however, planning can help you choose foods that are nutritious, efficient, affordable, and satisfying.
Plan what meals and/or snacks you’d like to prepare or eat within the next week or as far as a month ahead.
Next, make a grocery list of items and a budget, according to the meals and snacks you have planned for that period.
During your shopping trip, purchase only the items on your list and stay within your budget.
Not only will you be more tempted to purchase food impulsively, but you are more likely to pick up unhealthy items that cost more.
Have a fulfilling snack or meal before your shopping trip to curb this urge.
Prior to your shopping trip, check your food storage areas such as your refrigerator or pantry to ensure that you don’t over-purchase items.
Not only does this save money but you’ll also save space.
Protein doesn’t have to be limited to animal products. Foods like beans, peas, lentils, seeds, nuts, and oats are all great substitutes for animal-sourced proteins and they contain great nutrients like fiber which keeps your heart healthy and bowel movements regular.
Not only are plant-based proteins healthy but they are also cost-effective and help our environment. Consider having or preparing a meatless meal at least once per week.
Mondays are typically suggested because it’s a fresh start to the week
Transform items or meals you already have in your refrigerator to make a new meal. For example, leftover baked chicken can be revamped into a hearty soup, fresh salad, or cold sandwich.
Leftovers can also be bagged up for lunch the next day or eaten later in the week.
Many of the foods we purchase in stores have printed dates on their packaging which tell us how long the item will have the best quality.
Words like “best before”, “best-by”, and “use-by”, all refer to product quality, not food safety. In most cases, these items are safe to eat beyond the date as long as they were initially stored properly.
However, quality factors such as their taste, texture, and nutrient content may decline. For more information, check out our Food Dating Guide.
Thinking of hosting a fun party with friends and family? Consider making one of these easy and tasty recipes:
Vegetable Medley with Salsa Dip
Interested in learning more about meal planning or food safety? Our Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables program provides free, exciting workshops on a host of nutrition and wellness topics. Email our nutritionist, Alyssa Advincula for more information: email@example.com.
For other nutrition questions or inquires, e-mail our nutrition resource manager, Monique Marshall at: firstname.lastname@example.org.