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grocery shopping tips
Maddie lives in the United States and is finishing her last year in college. Even as a student she promotes a nourishing plant-based diet and loves every veggie under the sun. Her inspiration comes from fresh ingredients and the joy of creating healthy recipes for herself and her friends. She documents her journey and lifestyle on Instagram and her blog East Coast Health 

My healthy grocery shopping tips for anybody especially students!

Grocery shopping is ranked very highly on my list of favorite activities. While it might seem like a no-brainer, grocery shopping is where a healthier lifestyle begins. Below you’ll find my grocery shopping tips which I think are the most important things to keep in mind. I hope they’ll inspire you to make your next trip a happy and healthy one!

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1. Go in with a plan, but be flexible

I always make a list of things I absolutely need, but as soon as I get to the store, I focus on what looks fresh and what’s in season. This is especially important for buying fruits and veggies: it means you get more variety in your diet than you might have otherwise.

2. Shop the perimeter

This is probably the most important thing I’ve learned. About 99% of what I buy is found along the perimeter of the store. People tend to get overwhelmed and waste time shopping in the endless aisles of grocery stores, where the majority of processed, packaged food is. The majority of what you need is found on the edges of the store.

3. Read ingredient lists, not labels

It’s important to ignore the (usually misleading) labels on the front of products. Instead, just read the ingredients list! If you can’t pronounce half of the ingredients, or if the list is as big as your hand, it’s probably wise to put that “food” down.

4. Don’t be afraid to get handsy

When you’re eyeballing produce to select the perfect fruit or veggie, don’t be shy. Check your avocados for ripeness, poke your melons, make sure your tomatoes aren’t too squishy. You’ll wash it all anyway, right?

5. Buy organic – when you can

I believe in buying mostly organic, but not in stressing over it. For things like berries, soft fruits, and greens, go organic when you can. For produce with thick skin, it’s not as much of a problem, as they’re usually less contaminated.

6. Share to keep you in budget

Share groceries with a friend or roommate If you live with friends, share things you’ll both use. This helps you get more variety in your diet; you might have to shop slightly more often, but with every shopping trip you can switch-up what you buy. It also makes shopping more fun, and then you have someone to help carry everything!

7. If it’ll last, buy a lot of it

Also known as buying in bulk! Buying in bulk is great. For frozen produce as well as grains, seeds, beans, and nuts, buy in large quantities or from the bulk bins. You’ll save money and you’ll have to shop less often.

8. Check out a local market

Whenever possible, I start my shopping at a farmer’s market to see what I can get that was grown locally. It is incredibly important to support small farms and businesses, and it makes shopping more interesting! You get to know the people who make and grow your food, and they can give you great deals and inside tips.