Nourishing our bodies with wholesome nutrients and delicious flavours starts in the grocery store. In this post, I share my go-to tips to make your grocery shopping experience more enjoyable.
Use a grocery list
Creating a list before you shop can help keep you organised and prepared. This can make your shopping more efficient, and guide you to leave with what you intended to buy rather than impulsive purchases.
Get frozen and canned foods
While fresh is best for some, buying frozen or canned items works better for others. Canned and frozen fruits and veggies are equally nourishing. Plus, we can all appreciate the convenience of being able to store these foods for longer periods of time. This makes it easier to whip together a nourishing meal when we have little else on hand to work with.
Buy in bulk
Purchasing items in bulk is an effective way to stock up on essentials and involves less packaging. As an added bonus, purchasing bulk foods enables us to save money. I often tend to buy beans, lentils, chickpeas, rice, pasta, nuts and seeds, coconut sugar etc., in bulk. These keep well and are great to have stocked up when I am uncertain about what to make for dinner.
Reduce food waste
We can take inventory of what we already have before going shopping to help reduce our food waste. We can then make a list of what’s needed, so we aren’t doubling up on food we don’t need.
Buy seasonal produce
Seasonal produce has many benefits. It can be cheaper at times, meaning we can buy more for less. It also tends to be fresher, more flavourful and picked at peak ripeness. Feel free to freeze the extras to be used throughout the year and to avoid overpaying when they’re not in season.
Everyone will have a different style or find different strategies to make grocery shopping a little bit easier and more efficient. Pick out what works well for you or find pleasure doing.