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What are some good strategies to use at the grocery store?

Feb 4, 2014

Grocery ShoppingLogan George
FT Maple Grove


"Grocery shopping really begins at home. Make a list before you get there and it will save you a lot of time and money. Take the time to cut coupons. Food is expensive and it's nice to save where you can. Avoid hungry shopping! A final strategy you can follow is sticking to the perimeter. Fresh fruit and vegetables are usually on the outsides of the aisles, so do your best to stay out of the junk."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Before you go to the supermarket plan your meals for the week ahead, and write down your shopping list. Have a game plan of the healthy foods you need and where they are located. Get in and out as fast as possible and don't forget to return your shopping cart when you are done!"

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"Prepare a list of the things you need and the quantity.  Avoid impulse buying by checking out on the kid-friendly line, which is free of unhealthy candy and snacks.  Avoid going hungry, which will also reduce the chance of impulse buying.

"Shop the perimeter of the store.  The majority of the things you should be eating are along the edges of the store.

"Finally, consider a grocery delivery service to avoid the store completely. This helps a lot of our clients keep their kitchen fully stocked with healthy food and reduces the chance of impulse buying."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Plan ahead what meals you will prepare for the week. Make a list of foods needed and stick to the list!

"Eat before you go so you don't end up with things like cookies or ice cream in your shopping cart. Also, make sure to plan ahead for healthy snacks, like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins and include them on your list.

"Keep in mind that it's not just about the grocery shopping itself.  It's also about planning to have time once you get home to cut up those fresh vegetables and prepare your baggies full of grape tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped carrots, celery, bell peppers, and so on. Make one baggie of mixed veggies for each day of the week to throw in your cooler, along with some hummus.  Yum!"

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"My only tip is to never go to the grocery store hungry. More things end up in your cart."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"Good nutrition starts at the grocery store. Here are some savvy supermarket shopping tips:

"Plan ahead, have a list, and know what you will be cooking for the week.  This simple strategy will save you time, money and pounds on the scale. And don’t deviate from the list unless it’s for extra fruits and vegetables.

"Never go to the grocery store ravenous. If you are super hungry you may not be as discerning in your healthy nutrition choices. If you are hungry, pick up a container of pre-cut fresh fruit and nibble on it while you shop.

"Stick to the perimeter of the store.  That’s where the fresh produce, lean meats, chicken and fish, and fat-free dairy are located. Only venture into the aisles to pick up low-sodium canned beans, tomato products, whole grain breads, cereals and pasta, popcorn kernels, water-packed tuna, nut butters, olive and canola oil and vinegars.

"Frozen fruit and vegetables are highly nutritious as well. Just be sure to go for the “single ingredient” frozen foods.  For example, if you’re buying peas, the ingredient list should read 'peas.'"

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