14 Things Nutritionists Always Do At the Grocery Store (That You Might Not)
Looking to revamp your grocery store game plan? Take these tips for a healthy food list from registered dietitians on your next shopping trip.
They try online grocery shopping
If you’re short on time, consider online grocery store vendors. According to a 2015 report by The Hartman Group, 36 percent of shoppers are going this route to save time and money. What’s more, online shopping helps you limit slip-ups or impulse buys at the register.
They’re not afraid to leave the perimeter
While you may have heard the mantra “shop the perimeter”—because that’s where whole foods like produce, meat, and dairy are found compared with more processed foods throughout the interior aisles—Gans suggests a different approach. “Since I typically forget to put something on my list, I make sure to never miss any aisle,” says Gans. “To me, every aisle has something to offer.” Once you are in the routine of choosing healthy options, a quick scan of every aisle can help jog your memory as to what you need.
They avoid frequenting big box shops
When used on occasion, big-box stores are excellent for buying frozen produce, zero-calorie beverages (tea and sparkling water), cereal, prescription drugs, and more. Here’s what you absolutely should and should not buy at big-box stores. But regular visits may lead to overbuying food—and scrambling to eat the excess before it expires—which can potentially expand your waistline.
They take their time
It might make sense to get in and get out—less of a chance for impulse buys or picking at samples, right? But with the number of items carried in the average supermarket in the range of a whopping 42,000, according to data from the Food Marketing Institute, shopping can feel overwhelming and you want to give yourself time to read labels, scope out a new aisle, or try a fruit or veg you’ve never bought before. Don’t treat your grocery shopping like an episode of Supermarket Sweep—instead, think of it like a fishing expedition to experiment and stock up on healthy foods for you and your family.