A healthy lifestyle starts off with where you are purchasing your groceries. We often forget that big brand supermarkets are a business that are designed to make you spend as much money as possible. Unfortunately their business model is always focusing on the bottom line and not providing good people with good food. Purchasing healthy food can be tricky due to foods being filled with cheap and low nutrient ingredients.
The best way to combat this and the out of control grocery shop is plan it out for both your health and your finances.
Let’s handle how to keep your wallet healthy first.
1. Shop with cash
Tapping, swiping and even paying from our devices makes it way too easy to not even pay attention to what the final bill is. The Journal of Consumer Research did a study in 2010 that found that households that paid with cash spent 59-78% less on groceries than those that paid with card. This study also found interestingly enough that those households also bought less processed unhealthy foods and bought more nutritious products like fruits and veggies.
2. Plan out your week before going shopping
You need to know when the household will be at home for supper or if the kids need supper packed for them 3 nights this week - these are all things to know before shopping to only buy what you need.
3. Don’t be afraid to try the unknown brands
Typically the smaller name brands who are still attentive to customer approval sell their products for less and are on average more healthy than the big names.
4. Try a grocery delivery service
There are grocery delivery services in Regina that can help you skip the lines, skip the impulses and can be trusted to always buy the best for your household. You get only what is on your list every time and you have freed up about 1-2 hours for yourself.
How to protect your health at the grocery store
1. Follow moms directions and always grab a snack before heading out
Make sure the whole family has a snack before heading out to shop, when our tummies are hungry we do way more impulse shopping. Impulse shopping = processed snacks.
2. Know what you are putting into your cart
Actually read labels rather than believing the marketing slogans, whole grain, reduced sodium and low fat can trick you into thinking you are making healthy ingredients when really everything is still processed and refined. A good rule of thumb is the less ingredients listed and the easier to pronounce the ingredients are the better for you it is.
3. Use self checkout
It is easy to drop things into the cart then place them on the conveyer belt. When you are unloading your cart and scanning each item individually you realize what exactly you are buying and just how much each item is costing you. When you are scanning your own items that is a second chance to put items back.
4. Shop for your fruits & veggies every week
Fruit and veggies are items that should be eaten every single week. Fruits and veggies that are stored in the fridge for a week can lose as much as 75% of their vitamin C according to Arizona State University.
We hope we can help you fight back against the grocery stores to keep your household healthy and maybe try food delivery.
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