Check the List Twice

You’re walking down the grocery aisle with a healthy cereal in mind — fiber friendly and low cal. But then you see the sugary goodness and make a mad swipe. Seem familiar? Spontaneously adding foods to your cart at the grocery store can be easy—especially when you’re hungry, you have no plan, and you don’t know what you want.

Creating an organized and budget-friendly grocery shopping list before you go to the store will help you eat healthy and save money. Think about what you want to eat for the week. Chicken? Fish? What sides do you need? What pantry staples are you out of? Write it down—before you go to the store. Make a plan on which meals to make that week to avoid overbuying and ending up with a refrigerator of expired food.

Don’t know where to start? Go to the ‘Gram. Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook can provide meal inspiration.

To eat healthy or unhealthy? If starting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle is your goal, make sure your grocery list reflects that. Leave off the sweets and processed foods in favor of fruits, veggies, and lean meats.

Stay focused. When you see that sugary sweet cereal, check your list first before you grab. If that doesn’t deter you, remember your goal and ask yourself if this treat will help you work toward that grocery goal or hinder it.

Execute the plan. Meal prep and eat the foods you planned for. Resist the temptation to order takeaway mid-week.

Planning ahead and knowing what you will eat, and therefore what you will buy, will help you not only eat healthier, but will also prevent you from overspending and wasting time wandering down the grocery store aisles.

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