I originally was going to offer grocery store tips during the average week. With the pandemic, I felt it was important to share updated tips during this challenging time when your favorite healthy staples may not be as readily available. Here are some important tips that can be helpful while shopping for you and your family:
- Plan ahead. It’s important to go into the grocery store with a list and a plan, especially now. I like to map out meals- what will I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I use the Siete Foods meal plan and grocery list (but you can use any piece of paper you have). Break this list down by section so that you can navigate the store easily (and quickly)!
- Don’t be afraid to buy frozen items/canned goods. This was never part of my plan pre-COVID-19, but I have learned that frozen items and canned goods have helped me to keep my meals going longer. Buying frozen kales, spinach, vegetables, fruits, etc. will help you to keep those items longer. One staple item we use is cauliflower rice. It’s the perfect base for any meal and easy to prepare when frozen. For canned goods, try and stick to no salt added, but once again, do what you can during this time. Canned vegetables and low-sodium soups help to make more meals.
- Avoid buying things you know won’t nourish your body. This is a big one. Personally, I don’t do well with dairy. It makes me feel bloated and gives me stomach pains. Because of this, buying a ton of dairy items (the mozzarella on the list is for my husband) does not serve me. I could eat an entire block of cheese, so keeping it out of the house is ideal. Now is NOT the time to stock-up on salty snacks that have zero nutritional value. It’s OK to treat yourself one in a while, but stick to foods that make you feel good.
- Support local. When the pandemic first hit, we could not find vegetables and meat at our local grocery store. We looked online and found local farmers who were selling their produce and meat. If you can, look for these type of places in your community. Not only are you helping a small business, you are getting access to more natural forms of your favorite fruits, vegetables, and meat products. If you are local to WNY, message me and I can give you some great farmers we’ve bought from!
- Give yourself grace. The most important tip on this list. Give yourself lots of grace. Your shopping list will not look the same, your meals were not be as perfect, but as I like to say, do what you can with what you have. Don’t kill yourself to be completely clean during this time. Don’t shame yourself for buying canned vegetables, or the non-organic grapes. Be kind to yourself and know that you are lucky to be consuming food.
Practice social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, and be smart. We will get through this together.