Better Nutrition through Smarter Shopping
by Sarah Sundin
We all want to eat better—whether to lose weight or for food health. Smarter grocery shopping can help you eat better and lower your food bills as well.
For years, dinnertime saw me scrounging through cookbooks, realizing I didn’t have key ingredients, running to the store—or giving up and getting take-out. Then I started planning ahead.
- Make a menu. Plan a variety of healthful recipes for the week, with faster recipes or leftovers for busy days. By planning, you can avoid the temptation to grab convenience and take-out foods.
- Take inventory. With your recipes before you, check the pantry and refrigerator for all ingredients. This may inspire menu ideas too—time to use those frozen turkey leftovers! Also take inventory of family staples, from breakfast and lunchbox necessities to beverages and snacks.
- Make your shopping list. Throughout the week, keep an ongoing list and jot down items as soon as you run out—mine is on the refrigerator door. Before going to the grocery, add the ingredients for the recipes you planned, as well as staples that are low.
- Stick to the list! Ignore the special displays in the store and gather the items on your list—and only those items. When children beg, state breezily, “I’m sorry. That isn’t on the list.” And keep going.
A little bit of planning can save time, money and calories!
Sarah Sundin is the author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novel When Tides Turn was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” in 2017. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California. Please visit her at www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.