When I go shopping I always go to the fruits and veggies section first and pick up ... anything. It saves me from wandering into the less healthy stuff and it ensures that I always have fruits and veggies around.
I look for items that work well as snacks if I don't have a specific meal plan in mind. Thinking of these items as snacks also seems to sate the need to buy unhealthy snacks.
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When I go grocery shopping, I am surprised by the kinds of foods I don't buy anymore. Ice cream, chips, soda. I see them in other shopping carts & wonder why people are wasting their nutrition dollars on junk when they could have yogurt, oranges, and lemon water instead. My tastes HAVE changed!
How have you changed your grocery shopping habits?
When you make everything from scratch, it's sometimes difficult to get groceries put away on the same night as produce. Produce not prepped before going in the fridge, usually spoils which is such a waste. Over time I evolved to a system of having 2 stores that I visit mainly because of produce - selection & prices are good, tho I don't do my other grocery shopping there. This lends itself to having a "Produce Night", where I wash all lettuce leaves & make a salad, peel all carrots & (Cont'd)
shred some for the salad; wash celery, making bags of diced & sliced for cooking; peel & slice, dice onion for cooking, etc. Pepper strips, caulif, broc, carrot & celery sticks, radishes, grape toms are bagged after being mixed in a big bowl, for ready-to-eat sides, soup, salad, stir-fry, etc.
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