Grocery shopping is a part and parcel of life for many who opt to cook. Yet for something so seemingly simple, there sure are plenty of people who struggle at getting good at it! Here are some habits that you should definitely get rid of if you intend to make your trips to the grocery store fruitful ones:
1. Shopping without a game plan and list.
Having a wide variety of produce to choose from at a supermarket is convenient but can be intimidating at the same time. Faced with an endless number of choices, keeping your selections to the absolute essentials can be a challenge. To prevent ending up with more than what you need, prepare a list that you can refer to. Often at times, you may not be sure of what you want to cook for the week. In this case, try to buy healthy ingredients that have a slightly longer shelf life. Examples include root vegetables, tubulars and fungi.
2. Buying bottled water
Bottled water is expensive in the long run and only serves to add to environmental waste. A cheaper alternative is to have a pitcher that comes with an attached nozzle to help you filter out impurities and other nasty things in your tap water. Another consideration is to simply invest in a large water bottle and refill them at public places or at your office.
3. Skipping the frozen food aisle
Fresh foods are sometimes overrated. There are numerous healthy frozen foods that are more often than not only at a fraction of the price. Frozen fruits and vegetables are some healthy additions that can be blended into your smoothies. Typically, the frozen items were picked and immediately frozen to lock in nutrients. Meat such as chicken can also be bought in bulk and frozen, resulting in a fair amount of savings!
4. Buying off-season produce
The economics behind supply and demand dictates that if you purchase a product during a low-supply period, chances are that you will be paying an exorbitant price for it. Similarly, regularly buying off-season produce can be incredibly expensive. They’re also unlikely to taste as good as they do when they’re in-season. Do some research on the harvest schedule of your favourite seasonal fruits to get the most out of your purchase.
5. Binning produce that is turning bad
Overripe fruit tends to get thrown away. However, they can be frozen and added to protein shakes, delicious smoothies, or even blended to be used as an all-natural face mask! For those who employ a green thumb, certain produce can even be composted to enrich the soil. Perfect for your garden plants and herbs!
Avoiding the mistakes above will put you on a steady track towards developing a more sustainable shopping habit when it comes to stocking up on food. Eating healthy within a reasonable budget is far from impossible when done so intelligently, so put some thought into it before you go all trigger-happy with the shopping cart!