Fitness Minutes: (3,358)
127 3/20/14 9:33 P
I'm with DietitianBecky on this one- decide out what you want to eat and plan your grocery list around that. I make a meal plan for two weeks at a time (including lunches and snacks) and buy what I need for those meals. Except for produce- I only buy enough for 3-4 days and replenish as needed, since it's so perishable. I think I would go crazy buying a bunch of stuff then trying to figure out what to make with it!
The key here is that I buy ingredients and make my own food, avoiding boxed and packaged things as much as possible.
Fitness Minutes: (23,524)
843 3/20/14 5:19 A
I tend to go grocery shopping before I plan meals, because I am never sure what will be in the stores; however, I have a pretty basic list that I stick to, and that I know I can prepare multiple meals from.
in general, I buy: PRODUCE 2-3 kinds of fruit. apples, bananas, oranges, or whatever looks good Enough veggies to make salad 4-5 times. lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, red onion are my basic go-tos. 4-5 veggies to cook. Cabbage, squash, spinach, cauliflower, etc., again, whatever looks good cilantro and basil Whatever else looks good--a pineapple, an avocado, some mangoes or berries if they are in season
PROTEIN Chicken breasts to poach for salad or wraps Ground beef Chicken pieces or a whole chicken Canadian bacon or some sort of ham Babybel mini cheese Eggs
OTHER STUFF as needed-- Pita (I will eat a whole load of regular bread, but can easily eat one piece of pita and be happy) Low fat Milk butter plain low fat yogurt cans of coconut milk, low salt chicken broth, refried beans, crushed tomatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, baking supplies like flour and sugar.
Fitness Minutes: (330)
5 3/19/14 9:02 P
One tip too is if you don't know what to buy stick to the outer edges of the store! The inner isles is where most of the junk food is while the healthier stuff is around the outside (fresh produce, dairy, meats etc).
You may be working backwards. You need to focus "first" on your healthy meal plans for the up-coming week. The meal plans (recipes) then directs you as to what you need to purchase at the store to make these meals.
Do turn on your SP meal plans for ideas. They also come with the grocery list. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.
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