Good nutrition starts with smart shopping. But for many of us, reading labels and researching the best food items requires more time than we have. Don’t worry – we got you. Start with this smart shopping guide for healthier meals, and be kinder to your body and tastebuds.
Grocery shopping: my all-time favorite hobby. There’s not much in this world that can make me happier than being surrounded by shelves of food. The only problem is choosing the best ones for my body. Without a basic understanding of nutrition, shopping for healthy meals can be a challenge! But with a little guidance, healthier shopping is totally doable. Follow this smart shopping guide for healthier meals so you can LIVE KIND. every day™
Shop the perimeter. This is quickly becoming a popular piece of advice for healthier grocery shopping. That’s because the perimeter is where whole fruits, fresh vegetables and animal proteins are found. What do these three things have in common? They are unprocessed. Cooking with fresh, whole foods leads to healthier meals. Of course, even some of these foods are sold in packages – particularly meats like bacon and sausage. Take a few extra minutes to hit up the meat counter. You’ll find better-for-you alternatives like nitrate-free bacon, handmade meatballs and fresh fish.
Be mindful about snacks. Unless you’re following a strict meal plan like Paleo or the Whole30, at least some of your items are going to be packaged, frozen or processed. This is especially true for snacks. Be mindful as you make your way to the inner aisles of boxed goodies. Many of these items include unwanted ingredients such as trans fat, added sugar, and a slew of unrecognizable chemicals. My advice? If you don’t know what it is (or it is not easily explained by a quick Google search) – don’t buy it. Luckily there are some great options out there for healthier snacking throughout the day, no matter what you’ve packed in to your schedule. KIND Snacks have quickly become the cream of the crop in my household, due to the unique flavors and wholesome ingredients.
Look for short ingredient lists. Fewer ingredients equals less processed. It’s as simple as that. When you purchase foods with few ingredients, you’re avoiding added sugars, fats and preservatives. Of course, foods with more ingredients don’t necessarily mean “unhealthy.” Certain foods, like KIND Snacks, can have more ingredients and still be good for us. The key here is “wholesome” ingredients. Read on for more info!
Focus less on calories and more on nutrition. I used to spend hours (literally, hours) at the grocery store looking at the calorie count in every single thing I bought. I was totally immersed in the world of calorie counting and stopped thinking about what I was eating. But truth be told, calories don’t make much of a difference when you’re eating real food. Look for foods that are as “real” as possible. For example 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain pasta. My rule of thumb: the first ingredient should always be whole. For example, the first ingredient in KIND snacks are things such as almonds, oats and peanuts.
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