By: By: Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAN, Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training
Make your daily staples as healthy as you can. Small changes in the foods you eat every day can add up to big rewards.
The holidays are over, and we’re all getting back to our routines – which means it’s time to get serious about those New Year’s resolutions you’ve made. If “eating better” is something you plan to do this year, now is the time to think about how you’re going to go about it – before you slip back into your old eating habits.
Rather than adopting a complete dietary overhaul (a complete “out with the old, in with the new” approach rarely works), your best bet is to begin by working on several small steps you can take to improve your everyday eating habits. And your first steps should take you directly to the grocery store since that’s where healthy eating really begins. What Kind of Grocery Shopper Are You?
There are different personality types when it comes to grocery shopping. Some shoppers take the “business as usual approach.” They buy and prepare the same foods week after week.
Others plan all their meals in advance and shop only from a detailed shopping list, while “frequent flyers” are in the store almost every day. No matter what your shopping patterns are, a few small steps can deliver big nutrition rewards.
5 Tips for Smart, Healthy Grocery Shopping :
1. Read your Nutrition Facts.
Nutrition Facts on packages are one of the best tools you have for selecting nutritious foods and comparing different products. You can consider factors such as calories, fat, protein, and sugar content across brands, which helps you make smarter choices. Understanding a food label can be difficult. Doing a little research of terms on a food label can help you know what to look out for.