Grocery Shopping Strategies

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Smart grocery shopping can help you save calories and money, and you will eat better too. Here are some guidelines for grocery shopping:

  • Choose smaller, single-serving sized apples, bananas and other fruits rather than the super-sized ones often available. This will help keep your portion sizes down.
  • Get over any fears of frozen. Frozen vegetables are a healthy option; are easy to keep around and come pre-washed, -trimmed and -cut for quick preparation. They work particularly well in stir-fries, in soups and with pasta and grains.
  • Fruits canned in their own juices (not syrup) and drained are another option.
  • Mix your whole grains. Try barley and quinoa or brown rice and whole wheat. At least half of your carbohydrates should be whole grains. Look for "100% whole grain" on the package. It should also be listed as the first ingredient.
  • Don't abstain from foods you love. You can keep your favorite foods, just reduce your portions and the frequency. For example, have one ounce of chocolate twice a week rather than a bar every day.

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