Super Shopping Tips for When You’re Counting Calories

By Dr. Jean Harvey, Ph.D., R.D., Joyce Hendley, M.S., EatingWell Editors, "Aisle by Aisle: A Supermarket Buying Guide," The EatingWell Diet (2007)

How to stay on course in the 6 major aisles of the supermarket.

When you are grocery shopping your goal is to stock up on healthy food and only buy what you truly need. But remember that your supermarket’s goal is to get you to buy as much as possible! Between enticing free samples and displays filled with junk food, you will need to be prepared for temptation. Here are a few tips to keep you on course one aisle at a time.

1. Produce

Let yourself be seduced here; fill your cart with plenty of colorful produce. Aim to try something new each week—an exotic fruit, or a vegetable you’ve never seen before—even if it costs a little more. You might discover a new healthy passion. Likewise, prewashed, ready-to-eat produce like salad mixes, baby carrots and broccoli/cauliflower florets may seem a splurge, but not if they get you to grab them instead of chips when you’re craving a snack. (Admit it: would you pinch pennies so vigorously in the snack-food aisle?)

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