5. What Would Be Your Advice On Healthy Grocery Shopping?
Dana Stannard: Cocoa Kids
Don’t take your kids with you!!! I always end up with more items in my cart than I planned for. Also – never go to the store hungry. I like to try and plan my meals for the week ahead of time before I go to the store. That way I can see what is in my pantry or freezer that needs to be used up first. I also joined an organic produce co-op that I love. It delivers a box of fruits and vegetables to my house every week. I think it’s a great way to introduce new produce into your diet.
Amy Roskelley: Super Healthy Kids
Purchasing healthy groceries doesn’t have to be expensive. Stick to whole foods like dry beans, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and grains like oats and rice. We buy staples in bulk. I can get 50 lbs of black beans for about 0.50 per pound, and 25 lbs of oats for $10. The processed foods (the ones that come in brightly colored packages) are what will really kill your grocery budget. Get staples in bulk, then cook from scratch.
Hallie: Princess And The Pump
I am certainly no expert on this! This is something we struggle with – just like everyone else. I try to keep to the outside of the grocery store. We get lots of fruits and vegetables. We have lots of yogurt and reduced fat cheese. We also make sure we always have some kind of meat on hand that is easy to access! Meat is a “free” food – in that in contains no carbohydrates. If she eats a food with no carbohydrates, she does not need insulin. So having snacks that are carb free on hand is a necessity.
Other than that, I try to buy very little of the “crap”. I refuse to buy the sugar cereals. I never buy chips or Doritos. I rarely buy Oreos or other cookies. I just don’t. We will get Oreos every now and then as a treat. That’s it. If we are out somewhere, I’ll let her have chips. So she DOES get to eat it. I just don’t BUY it to keep in our house.
Mandi Turner: Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Choose a variety of foods, come with a list, shop towards the outside of the grocery store (this is where the healthier options tend to be)