Since everyone wants to eat healthy and stay fit, it must be available to all and sundry without burning a hole in their pocket! Here are those few ways you can shop without feeling guilty.
1. Shop your favorite fruits in season and preserve them
Fruits have always been the favorite option of healthy munchers. So the next time you go shopping get your choicest fruits in season and remember to freeze them to increase their longevity. Fruits help form the major ingredient of tummy filling juices and smoothies, which we often end up buying. So a little effort and you burn your carbs without spending much of it.
2. Make the most of in season stuff for your meals
Try to center your meals around the things which overload the markets during their season. Vegetables seem to be the best amongst the lot. A variety of soups and curries can be made out of them. Be it cauliflowers during the winters or the varied gourds of summer, every vegetable imparts a different taste to your palate and prevents you from getting bored.
3. Make the whole of beans, grains and spices
Who said that eating healthy is costly! A variety of immensely protein loaded nutritious foods are available in even the costliest of stores at your budget. The range of beans, lentils, grains and spices can be fetched for in meagre amounts and must constitute the bulk of your daily diet. They are versatile and can be used in soups, broths and even salads.
4. Purchase transparent storage containers for your grocery
The next time you go shopping, you must make sure to invest in a couple of transparent containers to store your grocery! They help you keep on your usage and waste less, saving your money.
5. keep a stack of eggs in your Refrigerator
Eggs are the hot favorite of children and adults alike. Be it an omelette or scrambled eggs or even a French toast, eggs can be used for a multitude of healthy recipes on a daily basis, especially for breakfasts. They are available all round the year at your affordability.
6. Keep your berries fresh for long
If you are a berry lover, then this hack is a must know to keep your berries fresh and healthy. Berries must be washed immediately post shopping to prevent fungal growth on them. Then they must be immersed in a solution containing 2cups of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Then they must be rinsed thoroughly and stored in a transparent container with a paper towel at the bottom of it. They must be kept lid closed. Do not forget to freeze them and they can be yours for a week.
7. Invest in a pressure cooker for large batch meals
Take out one day of the week in your hectic schedule to make a Crockpot recipe that you can depend on for a week. Mix all d meat, veggies and your choicest ingredients in a big pot and allow them to cook slowly. Perhaps 45-60mins of labor a day can help solve your dinner problem for the entire week ahead.
8. Buy your healthy grocery from the local farmers
Local markets not only carry the advantage of offering you healthy stuff at cheaper rates but they also ensure you freshness and longevity since they are carefully handpicked and recycled on a daily basis. So cut short on going to big shot grocery stores, instead hit the local markets.
9. Make the best out of waste
Do not throw away your older products rather modify your ways of using them. Soft mushy bananas can be utilised for baking muffins or pancakes, apples can be turned into delicious jams! Herbs are the best for making dips sauces and even pestos.
10. Do not go for precut veggies
Cutting the veggies on your own may cost you time but they save your money indeed. Pre-cut veggies not only cost you more but are low on reliability as far as freshness is concerned. Plus you get a mini workout done!
11. list out before you shop
Planning out what to buy for the oncoming week is a must. You must be aware of what needs to be bought and what can be managed without adding up. Whimsical shopping is dangerous and can land up in a heavy budget as well as wastage.
12. Roast a chicken for the entire week
Roast up a chicken one day and you can have your version of chicken salad, sandwiches and what not for the entire week. Chicken is abundant in protein and can be added up to all your favourite recipes. The bone and skin that is left behind must be stored in deep freezer in zip lockers and they can be used to make delicious chicken stock when mixed with the veggies.
13. Buy frozen veggies for your daily meals
Who doesn’t buy frozen peas or beans?! Frozen veggies can be used for stir frying, steaming or as nutritious add ons to various sandwiches, omelettes and wraps. They can be roasted instead of being steamed. Roasting adds up to the nutritional value and makes them delicious.
14. Shop your grocery online
Shopping online shall provide you with a myriad of offers as well as options along with the advantage of having them at your doorstep! Go for hassle free shopping without wasting much of your pounds. This shall keep your whims and fantasies under check.
15. Save the leftover fruits and veggies for the next time
Never use excess of what is required for a meal. If you need half a tomato, then cut the other half and save it for the next time. This way you waste less and you can count on things you have saved in case of an emergency. Keep them safe in zip lockers.
So, the next time you shop.beware the pros and cons of it. Stay healthy and shop happy!