I’ve recently seen a bunch of healthy grocery shopping lists on Pinterest, so I’ve decided that I would make my own! As stated here, I have been trying to eat on the healthier side, and to do so, my shopping cart at the grocery store can’t be filled with Oreos and cookie dough (although that sounds pretty perfect to me). In college, when you are stuck with only a mini-fridge, it can be really hard to eat healthily. Between all of the donut runs, the constant snacking, and the terrible cafeteria food, you are bound to either gain the freshman fifteen or diverge from your healthy eating lifestyle.
I can tell you that snacking is my biggest fallback when trying to eat healthily. Once I see food sitting out, I usually want it and then I end up eating too much and I feel bad. I have a hard time waiting between my meals because honestly, I just get bored. I know that I have to stop snacking so much, but at least I am snacking on healthy foods versus chips.
In college, I typically go grocery shopping once or twice a week. I don’t have a specific day that I go grocery shopping, but we just randomly make trips to Target and I count those as my grocery shopping days.
With all of the junk food being so inexpensive and accessible, it is hard to buy an apple over the microwave popcorn when the apple will go bad in four days versus the longer shelf life of the popcorn.
Another thing is that healthy foods are harder to find as they are less accessible. It’s not that you can’t find apples in a store, it’s just that it is hard to find a good apple. You know how sometimes you have to search for the right apple? Now I feel silly for talking so much about a silly apple! I hope you’re catching my drift here.
So, my advice for shopping at the grocery store is to…
Go twice a week.
I say go twice a week because most produce expires quickly, so going twice a week will save you from buying too much food when it will just expire quickly! Things like apples and bananas can last a week long, but I buy my avocados and lettuce fairly frequently.
Don’t buy food that doesn’t expire for the whole semester.
Don’t buy food like the microwave popcorn because it doesn’t expire for a while. Buy foods that have an expiration date because they will most likely be healthier for you and less processed. My rule is that if it expires in over 2 months, don’t buy it!
Buy your grains in bulk.
Grains are a really good thing to buy once every few weeks in bulk. Things like rice, quinoa, and frozen ezekiel bread don’t expire quickly, and you can cook and use them when you need to! I buy big bags of brown rice because it lasts for so long, and buying a bigger bag usually saves for money in the cost per pound.
Make a List.
This might be my most useful tip for my grocery shopping experience. When I don’t make a list, I either forget what I’m there for, or I buy a bunch of junk food! I make sure that I have a list so that I don’t stray from what I came for!
Don’t go Hungry!
This one’s an oldie but a goodie. Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach usually results in a lot of extra food, but going while you’re full makes everything look not so appetizing.
What are your tips for shopping for groceries while trying to be healthy?