Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Tips For Navigating Your Way Through The Grocery Store

By: The Food Hunter

You can work out as hard as you want at the gym, but if you don't buy the right foods at the grocery store your fitness gains will most certainly come up short. Shopping for food can be a daunting task as you try to navigate your way through aisles of products that claim to be healthy and usually aren't.

Here are my top 5 tips that will help you make more nutritious choices when food shopping.

1. Make a list and don't deviate from it. This will also help you with meal planning.

2. Use a cart.  Fill the large area of your cart with nutrient dense products like fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains.  Reserve the small top section for a treat or two.

3. Always shop the produce section first and stock up on as much as you can. Be sure to include vegetables of every color to get a bigger variety of nutrients.

4. Shop the perimeter of the store. This is where you will usually find your healthiest foods, such as meat, eggs, grains and dairy.

5. Avoid the inner aisles as much as possible.  If you have to buy from these prepared food aisles be sure to read the labels and look for those with the fewest ingredients.

Do you have tips you'd like to add to this list?  Leave them in the comments section below.



  1. I'd add don't be afraid to check out the ethnic section of your local market. Great stuff is found on those aisles. I can buy pinto beans a few pennies cheaper on the Mexican aisle than I can on the regular bean aisle. Odd, but true.

  2. What Michelle said.. :) I love this...great reminders1

  3. So, me going directly to the chips section of the grocery store is not a good idea? Good to know! I will certainly make use of these tips.

  4. Great tips! Do you know I LOVE grocery shopping? lol I know, weird! lol

  5. Those are such simple rules but really easy to follow. Great advice.

  6. Always great tips! And a treat or two is always a good idea :)

  7. Great tips. Also, don't shop when you are hungry.

  8. Very excellent tips -- and there really is some truth about shopping for your produce first. When I shop first in a particular store (due to the store layout) I tend to buy more fruits and vegetables. But at another store, I shop produce last (again, due to store layout) and am now realizing I usually buy less. I think it's because I'm feeling so ready to leave and check out.

  9. Brilliant words of wisdom! I never thought of the layout of the grocery store like this, but it really makes sense.