It is important to think about how food choices can impact your children’s health when you shop for family food. You should also consider how the food items will affect their attitudes towards healthy food. Before you go to the grocery store, take a look at your grocery bag. Are there vegetables, fruits, or other healthy food in your grocery cart? Are you consuming a lot of processed foods and beverages that have little or no nutritional value?
You can help your family eat a healthy diet by reviewing your shopping list and making changes to the food that you buy. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Make a grocery list
This is, aside from your grocery budget and other important things you should bring to go when shopping for food. This list will help you stay on track, especially if it is based on your weekly meal plan. You want to provide a balanced diet for your family, so make sure you are focusing your menus and meal plans on healthy ingredients. These include lean meats and poultry, fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, low fat dairy products, whole grains, cereals, fresh fish and healthy snacks for your children.
2. Take a healthy path to the grocery store
Go to the outer aisles first when shopping at the grocery store. These are where you will find the freshest food, such as fish, milk products, and fresh meat. Once you have everything you need, move on to the inner aisles. These are where you will find cereals, fruits, vegetables, and baking supplies. These aisles also contain less healthy foods so you should not go there first.
3. Visit farmer’s markets and food cooperatives
Local farmers’ markets are a great place to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Food cooperatives that sell organic and pesticide-free produce are another great source of healthy food.
4. Find out what foods are in season
Find out the season before you shop. You will not only be able to get lower-priced produce, but you also have the opportunity to enjoy a great deal on taste. No matter how cheap the produce may be, you should not buy more than you can eat. You can take your children to the farm to learn about seasonal farm produce.
5. Choose fruits and vegetables carefully
You should be cautious when choosing which fruits and vegetables to purchase if you didn’t pick them yourself. You can see the freshness and ripeness of fruits and vegetables. Choose vegetables that are bright and vibrant, as well as crisp and firm. Avoid vegetables that are limp or showing signs of decay. Remember that good looks don’t necessarily mean high quality when it comes to choosing fruits. You should avoid buying bruised pieces.