Navigating a supermarket the healthy way

You walk into your local supermarket and you feel that familiar blast of cold air. As you shake and shiver, you may realize that supermarkets are kept that cold for the healthiest foods kept there. You know, the fresh fruits and vegetables on one side of the store, the dairy products (milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc) on the other side of the store, and the fresh meats and seafood in the back of the store. These are the foods on the perimeter of the store and the most important from a nutritional standpoint.

When you walk around the supermarket, keep that thought in mind. Fill your basket from the perimeter inwards. When you do make your way up and down the aisles, look at those food labels on everything you put in the cart. When you look at the nutrient list on the food label, make sure there is plenty of fiber and not a lot of saturated fat and sugar. Also, less is more when it comes to the list of ingredients. Do not buy something that has ingredients that sound like they were part of a science lab. Only whole, natural ingredients are ideal.

So, you’ve got a lot of choices when you walk through that door into the cold tundra they call a supermarket. But, once you’ve narrowed it down to the healthiest options, its really not that overwhelming to buy healthy and eat well.