While food shopping is essential, it can also be costly, and depending on how many times you’re heading to the store, even just a few items can quickly add up. “We only want to shop for about a week’s worth of food, and what that does is it allows for our supply to be replenished and allow for people to not be stressed about there not being enough food,” said Julie Hill, an outpatient dietitian with Lee Health.
Meal planning before you go to the store can help to eliminate overspending and buying unhealthy snacks. “Looking at things that have good amounts of protein, good amounts of plant-based fats from nuts and seeds. Avocado and guacamole might be nice snacks to have around versus having something like cheese dips or different things like that,” she said.
She suggests making a list of items that are essential and non-essential. “Essential would be things like lean protein or plant-based proteins, whether it be beans or whole grains, and then also looking at our nuts and seeds, our fruits and vegetables,” said Hill.
Planning ahead and making a list can help you create healthier meals and cut back on the number of times you’re going to the store and how much you’re spending.
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