Build the Perfect Grocery List
Grocery shopping – do you love it or loathe it?
For some, grocery shopping is one of those hamster wheel tasks that are totally annoying every week. For others, it feels like a mini-vacation when you get to shop alone without screaming kids in the cart. (We see you, new parents. Just keep truckin’ – you’re doing great.) Either way, it’s a necessity. And even if you opt for home delivery or curbside pickup, your shopping list should still be on point to avoid extra trips, fees, and headaches in the kitchen.
To make sure you cover all your bases, we recommend dividing your list into the following groups:
- Produce – This should be the largest portion of your list! Start by jotting down fresh fruits and vegetables that serve your healthy living goals. Include items you need for specific recipes, but also include produce that could serve as a tasty snack. Do some research on how to seek out prime produce while shopping and the best ways to store different items once you get them home. (Follow @beMoxifit on Facebook and Instagram for tips like this every month!) This will ensure you get the most bang for your buck by limiting food waste from produce that is past its prime.
- Protein – Include some grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood, being sure to vary the types of protein you eat each week for maximum benefits. If you’re purchasing from a fresh-cuts counter, ask the butcher to divide your selections into the serving sizes you desire. This will make it easier for you come cooking time, and it can help you stay on track with portions.
- Dairy – Be wary of added sugars and starches, particularly in items labeled “fat-free.” Instead, seek out grass-fed butter, cheeses, Greek yogurt, and unsweetened milk alternatives.
- Grains – This should be the smallest section of your list. Avoid sugary cereals, white breads, and enriched or refined grains. Instead, opt for gluten-free grains like buckwheat, rice, quinoa, millet, and oats from a gluten-free facility.
- Extras – Most foods wrapped in cardboard and plastic with a super long shelf-life don’t need a space on your list. However, there are a few exceptions in the aisles that you may need to grab. Keep a few bags of frozen veggies on hand for emergencies, and check your cupboards to make sure you’re stocked on dried herbs and spices, healthy oils, and low glycemic sweeteners like monk fruit or Truvia. Oh, and don’t forget the toilet paper.
By sectioning out your list, you can be more conscious of the ratio of items you buy and ensure that you’re filling up the cart with the fuel your body needs. For more ideas like these connect with a Moxifit clinic and coach to start your journey!