Let’s talk grocery shopping!
For some people, it’s another chore. Just like laundry, the dishes, and cleaning the floors. A chore outside of the house. You have to deal with human beings, grab a yucky cart that 826482 people have touched that day (ew). And then somehow, bring all of the groceries into the house and put it all away. Wow. How fun.
For me (and some others), grocery shopping is one of my favorite parts of the week. I get to plan out my meals, and buy things to create the meals. I literally have it down to a science and I’m here to spill my secrets.
• Make a list. Figure out what you’re going to eat this week, look in your cabinets, and see what you have. Whatever you don’t have, put it on the list.
• Eat something before you get there or you’ll be the proud owner of aisle 7. Ain’t nobody got time (or money) for dat.
• Go to the grocery store AT OFF HOURS. Unless you’re a pro, do NOT go to the grocery store on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. My fav time to go food shopping? Wednesday morning. No one is there and it’s quiet. For those of us who work full time, (hi 🙋🏼) a weeknight is best. Right after work. Don’t go home first or you won’t go. Just being real.
• BYOB: bring your own bags. SO important! Why do you need 82661 plastic bags hanging around your house that are trying to destroy the environment. Boy, bye. It’s 2018. Bring your reusable bags. PLUS it’s easier to carry 3 big bags full of stuff than 10 plastic bags that could break at any minute, riiiight?
• Shop the perimeter. Literally walk around the perimeter of the store to get to the produce (if you don’t have a farmers market) and the meat (if you’re into it). The aisles are full of junk and the marketing tools that stores use are WAY too good at tempting you to buy stuff you don’t need. Stick to the list, non of that processed crap.
• If you need to buy something in an aisle, know how to read the package. Here’s the biggest, most important thing that I’ll ever write on this blog. If there is ANYTHING you learn from me, I want it to be this: IF YOU CANNOT PRONOUNCE THE INGREDIENTS, DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR BODY. Brands have fun ways of writing chemicals in the ingredients list without you even realizing it. Sugar can be written about 10 different ways that sound healthy. If it’s not pronounceable, if you don’t know what the heck it is, if it sounds like it’s chemical, Do. Not. Eat. It. Know what’s in your body, be conscious of it. Those brands aren’t going to save you when you get medical issues from having ingredients with 14 letters in them.
• If it makes cooking easier, most grocery stores have prechopped veggies. If you’re lazy (or just hate chopping onions), buy the kind that is already prechopped. Boom. I love convenience (but buying whole onions is usually cheaper – just sayin)
I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or any tips for our readers that I forgot, let me know! I’m all ears and want to learn myself. Also, I’ll be putting out a post on how to write a grocery list so be on the look out!