Want to save some cash? Then stop eating out all of the time! Try creating your own delicious meals at home. Not only will you save money, but you will also reduce your waist line and eliminate the unnecessary ingredients that may be hiding in pre prepared and processed foods. While this sounds like a wonderful idea… where do you start? Below are 4 healthy food shopping tips that will help you make the right choices in an endless sea of food at the grocery store.

4 Must Try Grocery Shopping Tips

Shopping tipsShop the perimeter– Most stores have the fresh produce and meat section on the walls of the building. Here is where you will find items with little to no ingredients at their simplest forms. When you start creeping into the isles, you will begin to find boxed items that are loaded with sodium and preservatives to increase shelf life.

Be a label reader– Ever wonder what it is that you are eating exactly? Well turn the box around and check out the nutrition facts panel. You will be surprised at the amount of crazy chemicals that are found in some of the daily food staples you are eating. If something looks funny or you cannot pronounce it on the label, try to find a different option that has less ingredients and less preservatives.

Be skeptical– “Low Fat, Sugar Free, Low Sodium”. These claims are all over the traditional food items, it is almost expected that our food is labeled with some type of “healthy-choice” claim. Just because the food has a “too good to be true” label on it does not mean it is actually good for you. If an item is missing fat, sugar, sodium or carbs, there is a great chance that other items have been added to keep the flavor and consistency similar to the original version.

Go for fresh or frozen– Always go with the fresh or frozen option as opposed to the canned versions. For example get fresh chicken breast as opposed to the canned version that is full of salt full of salt and who knows what else. The same goes for fruit, get the fresh whole fruit rather than the canned version that has sugar and syrups in it to make it sweeter and last longer. If you choose frozen, read the label on the back and make sure that it is not loaded with sodium or any other type of junk.  Next time you try to take the cheaper or easier way out, think about this- fresh meat and fruit will spoil in a matter of days- isn’t it kind of freaky if it can last for months when packaged on a shelf?

Next time you are in the store and don’t know where to begin, try some of the tips above to make some healthy and well informed decisions. If you have any secret shopping tips that you use, please leave a comment below!

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