Are you looking for ways to make your grocery shopping healthier? If yes, we are here to help by providing five tips on how to navigate the supermarket in the most effective way. Read below to start making smart choices in the grocery store.
To cook healthy meals, you need the right ingredients on hand in your kitchen. Most grocery shoppers do not have the time to look carefully at food labels and find the best nutritious foods at great buys.
Here are just a few ways to shop and eat better:
Plan Your Meals Per Week
Before you step into the grocery store, have a game plan. Figure out what meals you want for the week or two weeks. List ingredients you will need to make these meals. Make sure you check out weekly discounts in grocery ads and never go to the grocery store hungry. When you go to the grocery store hungry, you setup yourself to spend more.
Shop For Variety
When shopping, make sure you shop for food included on the food pyramid such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean meat, fish, poultry, beans and nuts. Buy food with the most nutritious values. For example, you should buy sweet potatoes over white potatoes because sweet potatoes are richer in beta-carotene.
If you enjoy eating something new every week, pick a new fruit or vegetable for you diet every week. Eat plenty of produce.
Look for the Least Processed Foods
When it comes to breads, cereals and pasta, buy the whole grains with the least amount of processing. Oatmeal is a great whole grain to eat.
Eat Fish Two Times a Week
Fish is affordable and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are not a fish eater, choose lean cuts of meat such as round, top, sirloin and tenderloin. If you prefer chicken, pick skinless poultry.
Do not forget your Dairy
Dairy foods are a great source of calcium and vitamin D you need for bone growth. You should have three servings a day (this can include yogurts and cheeses as well as milk).
For a great selection of nutritious and fresh foods, shop at Hearn Kirkwood, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!
Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.
Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.