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Shopping with Healthy Eating in Mind

By: Joanne Walker BA (hons) - Updated: 9 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
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By shopping with healthy eating in mind, you will make it far easier to prepare healthy meals and avoid waste on a day-to-day basis. It is relatively easy to do although it does take a little careful thought and planning to execute it well. But once you have started to shop with healthy eating in mind, you will wonder how you ever managed before.

Choose Your Shops

Before you start to shop for your ingredients for the next week’s meals, you will need to decide what kind of shopper you want to be.

These days, it is certainly possible to get all of your weekly food needs from a supermarket, and this could still be a healthy shop. However, you may prefer to buy local food from a variety of different sources. This can be a very good idea as you will know exactly where all of your food has come from. However, this will require more planning as you must make sure you are planning to visit all of the necessary shops while you are out – getting home to find you have forgotten something vital is the quickest way to prevent you from cooking and doing something quick and easy instead. Therefore, you will need to factor in a butcher, bakery, grocers, as well as places where you can pick up more unusual items.


Lists make everything easier and are the only surefire way to make sure you do not forget anything important. When you plan your meals for the week, write down the ingredients as you go. When you have finished planning, you can cross off any duplicate items on your list and you should have a full run down of everything you will need. Think about substitutes for items if the shops do not have them in stock so that you do not leave empty handed if that should be the case.

Double Up On Ingredients

The best way to avoid waste is to make sure that you have more than one use for the ingredients you are buying. So, if you are buying a particular type of cheese for example, make sure you have another recipe that you can add it into. That way, if you have to buy a large quantity, you will not end up throwing it away because it goes out of date before you have got around to eating it.

Only Use Relevant Offers

Offers such as buy one get one free are great – but only if you plan to use the items you are buying. If you have a list, stick to it and only take advantage of the offers if you substitute something on your list for the product on offer. Not only can the things on offer be unhealthy but they can also mean you end up spending more money than you usually would on items which you do not need.

Shopping with healthy eating in mind should streamline your meal preparation by ensuring you always have the relevant items in the kitchen when it is time for them to be used. Taking a little time to plan and list ingredients and then shop for them makes much more sense than rushing out to get the odd bit here and there, and will, in the long run, allow you to eat in a much more healthy way.

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