There is more variety on today's grocery store shelves than ever before. With so many choices, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Make shopping easier by following these 10 simple guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Don't shop when you're hungry. You're more like to make impulse buys on less nutritious items that cost more.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it. If you keep a running list at home of items that need to be replaced, you won't have to worry about forgetting anything.
- Organize your list into sections according to the layout of the store. This cuts down on item and the number of passes you need to make through the aisles.
- Check for specials. These are printed in the local newspaper or find them online. Plan your shopping trip around what's on sale.
If you are a single-person household, there are specials ways to maximize your food dollars at the grocery store.
Buy frozen fruit and vegetables. This give you the ability to take out the potions you need an buy these staples in bulk without worrying about spoilage.
- Look for foods sold in single servings. You'll find juice, yogurt, frozen meals, soup and pudding.
- Shop from bulk bins. You can buy smaller amounts and reduce food waste.
- Talk to the butchers. Ask them or the produce manager for a smaller amount of pre-packaged items.
- Buy produce that keeps longer in the refrigerator. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots.
- Buy small loaves of bread. Then wrap, and freeze bread you won't use right away.
Registered Dietitian Jamie Marchetti and Don's Supermarket have teamed up to help you
get more from the grocery store. This free event is March 29 from 8-9 am and March 31 from 10-11 am. Learn to compare the benefits of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables to make the most of your choices.
Register online at www.cchwyo.org/grocery.