Monday, October 10, 2011

Sensible Shopping

Start the week out right! Plan snacks, lunches, and weeknight meals ahead of time and make just one grocery store trip for the week. Let your ingredients multitask for meals. For example, a family size package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts can provide the meat for fajitas one night, and grilled chicken for sandwiches another.

Shop from a list to ensure that you stay on track at the store, and save your wallet and waistline from impulse buys. When healthy options are already at home and meals are already planned, it is easier to bypass unhealthy "convenience meals" like drive through or frozen meals at dinner time.

Ask family members to help with menu planning. This can be a great way to get picky eaters involved in mealtimes and engaged in trying new foods. Try to incorporate one new fruit or vegetable each week to encourage variety. Your picky eaters might find a new favorite food!

Shopping for the week is a great way to save time by limiting grocery store trips, save money by limiting impulse buys and meals away from home, and save your health by eating healthy, home cooked meals more often.

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