What to Put in Your Grocery Cart!

Have over ripe bananas? Wilted, even rotten lettuce? How many of us have had this experience before? We mean well, but we just can’t seem to follow through with our intentions of eating healthier. Besides, maybe we’d like to eat organic produce, but can’t justify the price when most of it gets tossed in the trash.

So, how do you do it? What should you put in that grocery cart so you don’t end up wasting money and tossing produce? The answer?  It depends.  Have you ever heard the expression, “the best exercise is the exercise you do”?  Well the same applies to your grocery cart. Let’s start with produce. The best produce is the produce you will eat!

The next several articles will be about what to put in your grocery cart from produce, grains, dairy, meat, fats, cans and jars. All you need is a few minutes to access your week, be honest about your likes and dislikes and have a pad and pen handy.

Let’s begin with produce. When I mentioned produce, what was the first thing that came to mind? Was it ripe, juicy strawberries, fragrant bananas, fresh, organic spinach, or sweet and savory onions? I personally see pineapples and bananas because I love them. I eat pineapple as often as possible and bananas every day. I like to buy bananas in varying stages of ripeness. I get a few green ones, some mixed with yellow and green, and then some yellow and ready to be eaten.

Here’s the part where you must individualize. What's your week like? Are you transporting your kids to sports events or dance classes? Why not add a few apples, pears or nectarines to your list. A piece of fruit with a handful of nuts is a great snack for both or you. Try to pick fruits your family really likes and are easy to bring with you. Once you have that down, and are using up what you have purchased, start thinking about other ways to incorporate the fruits and veggies you love.

You could designate one night a week to soup and salad night, purchasing just enough for your family’s needs. If you like spinach, why not start adding finely chopped spinach to your morning eggs, or as a topping on your pizza. The point is to start with things that work for you, and build gradually.

Pretty soon you will be selecting fresh, whole organic produce with confidence and finding ways to add all the parts of the color spectrum to your family’s diet.

Be the Path!

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