The Healthy Shopper Guide For Food Shopping

Are you conscious of what you are reaching for and tossing into your shopping basket?

According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietician and­ manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, we are tackling the task of grocery shopping all wrong. In this article we share her 3 tips to change the way you shop:

1. The 5 Color Rule

Your trolley should have at least five colors in It. “The dead giveaway of a grocery basket that lacks nutritional value is one that lacks color,” Kirkpatrick says. “Aim for at least three seasonal fresh produce items and three frozen items that are out of season.”

2. Single Served Junk Portion Only

Restrict the “bad” foods to one serving. According to Kirkpatrick, it would be unrealistic not to reach for some crisps or biscuits every now and then. “Make sure it’s the only one of its kind and make sure it’s small. That means going for the single-serve portion instead of the entire bag of potato chips, cookies or tub of ice cream,” she says.

shopping | Longevity Live3. Say No to Frozen

Leave the frozen meals in the frozen aisle. Most frozen ­ready ­meals are empty of any real nutritional value, and are high in refined grains and simple sugars, which have an impact on our overall health and wellbeing.

We need to go back to basics, and start cooking and inventing tasty meals in our own kitchens.

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