Good nutrition starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Cooking up healthy meals is a challenge if you don’t have the right ingredients in your kitchen.
- Know Your Store
- Bring a List
- Use the Facts
Know Your Store
Grocery stores have thousands of products with most food items grouped together to make your decision-making easier. Many grocery stores have sections where foods are shelved much like the food groups of MyPlate.
The MyPlate food groups put foods with similar nutritional value together. These groups are:
Where are these food groups in your store?
|Food Group||Typical Store Location(s)||Best Choices|
|Variety! Fresh, Frozen, Canned (in natural juices) and Dried Fruits.|
Pasta, Rice & Bean Aisle
|Variety! Fresh, Frozen and Canned (no salt added). Dry Beans and Peas.|
Pasta & Rice Aisle(s)
|Whole Grains for at least half of choices.|
|Milk,Yogurt, & Cheese
|Non-Fat and Low-Fat Milk, Yogurt, Low-Fat and Fat-Free Cheeses|
|Meat and Beans
Meat & Poultry Case
|Lean Meats, Skinless Poultry, Fish, Legumes (dried beans and peas), Nuts.|
Bring a List
And stick to it! Planning ahead can improve your health while saving you time and money. Before shopping, decide which foods you need, and the quantity that will last until your next shopping trip.
Consider creating a shopping list based on the MyPlate food groups to include a variety of healthy food choices. Think about your menu ideas when adding items to your list and write your list to match the layout of your store.
Use the Facts
The Nutrition Facts that is! The Nutrition Facts panel and ingredient list on the food label is your guide to making healthy choices. Using these is important when shopping to be able to compare foods before you buy.
Remember that ingredients are listed in order of abundance found in a product, so the first ingredients listed are the most important. When reading the ingredients list, Nutrition Facts panel consider this:
|Keep these Low:||Look for More of these:|
calcium, potassium, magnesium & iron
Find out more about using the nutrition facts label, deciphering ingredients and how to navigate the aisles with a complimentary grocery store tour with your Hy-Vee dietitian!
About the author.
Holly Ellison, RD, LD | Riverfront Hy-Vee Dietitian
507.625.1107 | HEllison@hy-vee.com