Am I the only person guilty of walking into a grocery store at the end of my day, with no idea what I'm going to buy, and have basically nothing left in my house to eat (or anything I want to, at least)?
My quick grocery store instructions are usually diapers, something to eat for dinner for my wife and I, something to eat for the kids (because, of course, they won't eat what we eat) and depending on how hectic the day was; wine.
In the back of my head I know we need much more. How about vegetables and proteins? How about good carbs and something healthy to snack on during the day, so I'm not starving by dinner? How about anything that saves me from showing up to this store five more times during the week?
I struggle with the same things many of you do when it comes to grocery shopping. And like anything else, it's all about preparation.
Sometimes I get this right and knock it all out in one visit per week. I follow what I've learned as a nutrition client and Precision Nutrition Coach. I have meals I can prepare. I have healthy snacks I can grab. I drink lots of water and hammer protein shakes.
But it's easy to get off track. So to help you out, I've provided a link to Precision Nutrition's Supermarket Survival Guide . I refer to this often when I grocery shop and it's something I try to help my nutrition clients with.
It has everything from how to prepare your list, to options for fruits and veggies, lean protein, good fats and quality starches. It also provides a label reading checklist and what to look for and avoid.
Hope this helps!