Who of you dread that weekly food shop? What to buy? Where to shop? I may be among the minority because I love food shopping, in fact I look forward to my Thursday afternoon trip to Spinneys. With a little bit of knowledge on what to buy and how to tackle the isles, you too will enjoy your weekly trip to the supermarket. Here are my top tips for easy food shopping with a free shopping list when you scroll down the page.
Make a Shopping List
To have a shopping list, you need a food plan! Sit down over your weekend and plan your meals and snacks for the week. From your meal plan make a shopping list of everything that you will need for the week.
Buy Organic Where You Can
I usually take a trip to my local organic store once per month where I stock up on flours (buckwheat flour and tapioca flour), quinoa, buckwheat, coconut oil, tamari sauce and a few other packaged foods. Of course it is up to you whether you choose to buy organic food and what will fit your budget. The less chemicals you ingest, the happier your body will be.
Buy Local and In-season from Farmers Markets
Local markets will stock the freshest and often cheapest produce. Local fruit and vegetables have traveled less distance which will not only keep the cost down but also means it is fresher!
Buy High Quality Animal Products
Commercial beef from cows fed on GMO-corn fed and other grains has significantly less nutrients and contribute to high levels of omega-6 in the body which increases inflammation and the development of health related diseases. Where you can, choose grass-fed red meat. Same goes for chicken and eggs, choose free-range and pasture raised over caged for significantly more nutrients.
Buy In Bulk
Dried foods such as nuts, seeds and legumes are much cheaper if you buy in bulk. Dried legumes are also a healthier option than the canned, brine soaked varieties.
Read The Labels
Get into the habit of checking the list of ingredients on the back of the packet. The big one to look out for is sugar! Sugar is everywhere, in foods you wouldn’t even think has sugar added! You should also be on the look out for food chemicals, E-numbers, and artificial sweeteners as these can all cause inflammation, damage your gut and severely interfere with digestion.
Oh and one more thing… don’t go food shopping hungry! You will end up with a not-so-health-snack for the drive home.