- Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store . The freshest and best foods are generally located around the outside aisles (or perimeter) of the store. You may need to go to specific aisles for other healthy items such as canned beans, nuts and natural peanut butter, dried fruit, and high fiber cereal, although these are sometimes found along the perimeter also.
Shop from a grocery list. If you write down what you need at the grocery store you will be less likely to make "impulse buys" not on your list.
- Don't shop when you are hungry or stressed. If you are hungry or stressed when you go to the grocery store you will be more likely to buy junk food and less likely to choose healthy foods.
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are grown locally or that are frozen. Buy fruits and vegetables that are grown close by because they are often cheaper. Try to buy locally. When buying frozen fruits and vegetables, avoid added sugars or sauce.
- Stop by your local Farmer's Market. Your local farmer's market is a great place for finding healthy foods. Look for a farmer's market in your area. Some of them even take WIC and senior coupons.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.
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