Here are some shopping tips to help you learn to navigate around the grocery store and actually come home with something good to eat.

Produce Section

  • Choose foods that can be eaten raw like bananas, apples, grapes, pears, baby carrots and celery sticks.
  • Salad greens (spinach and spring mix) red bell peppers, tomatoes, low fat salad dressing or hummus for dipping
  • Frozen peas, green beans, broccoli and stir fry mixes are good options when fresh produce is not available.
  • Fresh broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and carrots are also great vegetables that easy to prepare or take with you on the go.

 

Dairy section

  • Try and keep almond and rice milk on hand. Milk from cows can high levels of hormones in them which can lead to an increase in cancer. They also tend to be acidic,  which can actually pull calcium from your bones despite all the claims stating animal milk builds strong bones
  • Cottage cheese and Greek yogurt in single serving sizes

 

Protein

  • Organic deli meats. Look for brands without any nitrates or artificial additives.
  • Hard boiled eggs that can be eaten alone or tossed in a salad
  • Lean meats such as chicken breast and salmon

 

Grains

  • Whole grain bread or sprouted tortillas can be great with a sandwich or a salad. I highly recommend Ezekiel bread, which can be found at most health food stores.
  • Quinoa and barley are great options for proteins and fiber and can be reheated and eaten throughout the week as a side dish, or mix with veggies to create a stir fry or salad.