How to Shop for Healthier Food

Buy healthy snack food.

Buy healthy snack food.

Are you stocked with the right food to help you lose weight and improve your health?  If you followed my blog post on Tuesday, you’ve taken the time to clean out your refrigerator  and you’ve made room for convenient, easy-to-grab, healthier food options. Now it’s time to fill your fridge with good food.  Let’s get started!

Food to Eat, Food to Avoid 

Before you go to the grocery store, take a few minutes to brainstorm about healthy foods that you enjoy eating.  For example, you might not like all vegetables, but there are probably a few that you like to eat.  Would you eat more fresh fruit if it was available for snacking?  Think about how those foods can replace some of the less healthy snack items that you typically buy.   Once you have a few ideas, use this list of Foods to Increase, Foods to Decrease from the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website to come up with more options to consider when you go to the grocery store.

Create Your Shopping List

Take all of your healthy eating ideas and compile them into a shopping list.  Use our Healthy Shopping List as a guide.   Your list will not only help you to make better choices at the grocery store, but it will help you to navigate the store differently than you normally do.  Many experts recommend that healthy eaters shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where you generally find fresh meat and produce.  Your new route may help you find other healthy food choices.

Need more help coming up with a food plan? Why not meet with a registered dietitian at North Memorial ?  Your primary care provider can give you more information about getting a referral.  A dietitian will help you develop a personalized eating plan so that you can reach your health and weight loss goals.

Looking for more weight loss tips and advice?  Check out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website.  And get support and daily inspiration by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

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