If you’re like me then you probably remember your parents lecturing you over the years about eating your fruits and vegetables. Before heading to the grocery store, there are some few factors that you need to consider to shop for healthy fruits and vegetables. These tips will help you to pick the freshest produce, both fruit and vegetables.
Avocados are notorious for being hard to choose. What I like to do is find one that feels fairly soft and then removes the stem at the top. If it’s bright green, then it means that it’s just under ripe. If it’s yellow, then it’s ripe, and if it’s brown or black, then it’s way over ripe. Also, make sure you don’t get one with a soft mushy spot because that means it will probably have a nasty brown spot on the inside.
Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. When I’m choosing them, I like them to be redder around the stem part. I also like them to feel heavy for their size; that means that they’re more juicy, whether you’re buying them ripe or expecting them to ripen at home. The same goes for lemons. Make sure they feel sort of heavy for their size.
A good watermelon should be heavy for its size. Does it have a nice yellow spot on it? Does it sound kind of hollow when you knock it? If so, then it’s probably a good watermelon. Watermelons with a nice yellow spot is a good indication, meaning it has ripened on the field and it’s going to be sweeter.
Other important fruits and vegetables to consider
When it comes to sweet potatoes, I like to get the ones that are nice and small because they are sweeter than the large ones. When choosing onions, you want to choose ones that don’t have any soft spots around them even at the very top of them. For corn, I like to open the cob and just check the kernels. Make sure they’re nice, fresh and not dry it out.
When you pick out your fennel, ensure it has as few brown spots as possible. It also should be nice, tight and firm. When I’m picking out my ginger, I like it also to be nice and firm. This also applies to turmeric. I hope you’ve got some great ideas for grocery shopping and picking out the freshest produce.
Tips for healthier grocery shopping
Chill out: When shopping, head towards the frozen fruits and vegetables in your frozen aisles. This can be a good way to meet your recommendations, especially during the winter months. Remember that frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen at the peak of their freshness, and you always want to choose one with no added sugars or no sauces.
Grab a Cart:
- Shoppers who grabbed baskets on the way into the grocery store are seven times more likely to purchase unhealthy items. So, the next time you head into your grocery store, be sure to grab a cart so that you avoid unhealthy foods and make healthier choices.
Avoid Long Lines:
- When shopping, make sure to avoid long lines as a checkout. People that stand in line is a check out are twenty-five percent more likely to succumb to those tempting snacks. It’s important to remember to shop during off-peak hours, early in the morning or late at night. You can alternatively use the self-checkout.
Live on the edge:
- When you go to the grocery store’ make sure you shop on the outer perimeters of your grocery store. This will ensure healthier choices. You’ll find healthier products and fresh produce.
Before heading to the grocery store, be sure to make a list. Whether you decide to hand write it or use your cell phone, come fully prepared. That way you make healthier choices for better meal planning and a healthier lifestyle.