Getting your food and household products from the grocery store doesn’t always have to be such a hassle. You can simplify your shopping and make your time at the store easier and more enjoyable by being smart with how you shop. Here are four tips that can help you while grocery shopping.
1. Use a Grocery List App
It is often difficult to read a grocery list that is written with bad handwriting on a crinkled, torn or wet piece of paper. A grocery store app can save you from this trouble by allowing you to write and view your grocery list digitally. The app can be downloaded to your mobile phone and show your list whenever you want to access it. Some apps let you organize foods on your list by category and even help you organize food and ingredients for recipes that are part of your meal plan.
2. Bring Your Own Grocery Bags
You can do some good for the environment by bringing your own reusable grocery store bags to our Vancouver grocery store instead of using plastic bags. Plus, you won’t have to worry about throwing away or recycling the disposable bags from the store if you use reusable bags from home. Some stores may even give you a small discount on your groceries if you bring your own bags.
3. Avoid Shopping When Hungry
Doing your grocery shopping on an empty stomach may cause you to buy more food than you need. The sights and smells of certain foods could cause you to make impulse purchases on items that aren’t on your list. You might also be tempted to buy sweets and other treats that aren’t as healthy for you if you shop while hungry.
4. Buy Fresh and Frozen Foods Last
If you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the store, you will want to buy your fresh and frozen foods last so that they don’t start to spoil or thaw too soon. Meat, dairy products and produce can lose their freshness quickly if they get too warm. Frozen meals that start to thaw because they’re outside of a freezer for a prolonged period often don’t cook or microwave as well and can lose their quality.
Famous Foods is a Vancouver grocery store where you can try out some of these tips the next time that you go grocery shopping. To learn more about the selections that Famous Foods offers, please visit www.famousfoods.ca.
You can snack on tasty foods and maintain a healthy diet. The trick is to avoid overly processed junk foods that deliver minimal nutrition and are often packed with sugar. Nutrient-rich snack foods will satisfy your hunger and rescue you the quick-energy-quick-crash cycle triggered by eating sweets.
Our grocery store has a huge selection of snacks to empower your workouts, take a break with at work, or pack in your picnic basket.
If you’re struggling with sugar cravings, dried fruit can help you resist cookies and candy bars. The drying process concentrates the natural fruit sugars so that you get to enjoy some satisfying sweetness while consuming nutritious whole foods. Dried fruit also presents an opportunity to increase your intake of plant-based foods. Shop our bulk food section for dried apples, bananas, pineapple, goji berries, cherries, and more.
Chocoholics can indulge in dark chocolate. Many bars contain minimal added sugar, and the high levels of cacao provide your cells with the antioxidants that they need.
Peanuts, almonds, cashews, and other nuts are protein powerhouses. They also contain fats and fiber that help to keep your hunger at bay. You might worry about the fat content in nuts, but our bodies need fats to function, and nuts represent an ideal source of vegetarian fat.
On top of all of that, nuts are good sources of magnesium, potassium, and folate. When it comes to healthy snacks, they are one of the best options. You get a satisfying crunch and can choose from salted or unsalted varieties.
Unless you’re observing a strictly low-carb diet, granola offers a delicious and crunchy way to access the goodness of whole grains, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. Many blends contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. At Famous Foods, we have a large selection of granola blends, including HempPlus Organic, Blueberry Chia, and Raisin Almond Cluster.
Famous Foods is the premier place in Vancouver to find the healthiest snack foods, like dark chocolate covered goji berries, rice crackers, wasabi green peas, and yogurt almonds. Our grocery store has so many kinds of trail mix that you’ll have to take a very long hike to try them all.
Breakfast is a big opportunity to start your day with a nutritious meal that delivers long-lasting energy. You have many options for making delicious foods that take very little time.
Smoothies are a popular category because they are highly portable for people who have to rush out the door. Blending in leafy greens, seeds, or wheatgrass into a protein-rich base like milk, yogurt, or protein powder is a great strategy for packing in nutrients that help you feel vigorous.
When you’re not in the mood for a smoothie, choose whole grain foods that can power your body for hours. The following ideas will help you master the art of the energy-rich breakfast.
1. Nut Butter Wrap With Fruit
Select a whole wheat or flax wrap to increase nutrient and protein content. Spread your choice of peanut, almond, or cashew butter on the wrap and then add slices of fruit.
2. Icy Berry Smoothie
On hot summer mornings, you can stay cool with a smoothie made from a blend of berries, yogurt or kefir, ice, and chia seeds. The chia seeds contain fat, carbohydrates, and protein. As a whole grain food, they prolong your feeling of satisfaction and keep hunger at bay.
3. Green Veggie Smoothie
If eating enough vegetables challenges you, then go the green smoothie route. Blend kale and spinach into avocado, apple, and raspberries. Then add some kefir to give the smoothie body and spirulina because it is high in B vitamins that support brain function and alertness.
4. Peanut Butter, Jam, and Oats Parfait
This one will feel more like dessert than breakfast, but you can control sugar content by choosing plain Greek yogurt and relying on only the jam for sweetness. In a tall serving dish, make layers of yogurt, peanut butter, jam, and rolled oats. The oats increase protein and give your stomach some fiber to increase your sense of satisfaction.
5. Oatmeal With Fruit and Nuts
A good old-fashioned bowl of oatmeal has been popular for generations because it tastes great and sticks to your ribs. Oats are already whole grain powerhouses, but you can get more energy from the meal by adding your favourite sliced fruit and sprinkling on nuts.
A diet focused on high-quality foods, especially whole foods, will help you feel energetic and productive. Shop at Famous Foods in Vancouver to find the fresh produce and bulk foods necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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