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Quick Food Shopping Tips

Before you go to the Grocery Store

  • Make a list of the foods you need
  • Have a full stomach
  • Shop alone

At the store – Check prices (unit pricing) and read the Labels

Fruits and Vegetables

  • If buying fresh – buy when in season; buy the whole item, not pre-cut/convenience
  • If buying canned – store brands can be less expensive
  • Look for low-sodium or no salt added
  • Rinse the canned vegetable if it has sodium to reduce the sodium
  • If buying frozen – store brands can be less expensive

Dairy

  • Milk – choose 2% or 1%
  • Yogurt – choose plain and flavor yourself with fruit; low-sugar

   Grains

  • If buying bread, you want whole grains – look for the word whole
  • If buying cereal, you want whole grains and little added sugar

 Proteins: Fish, Poultry, Meat, Legumes

  • Buy when on sale and you can repackage and freeze for later use
    • If buying poultry, a whole chicken may be less expensive than skinless, boneless chicken parts
    • If buying beef or pork cuts, look for the words round and loin – they have less fat
  • Check the frozen fish section