Shop Smart & Healthy

Making smarter food choices at the grocery store is important for eating a healthier diet.

Follow these tips:

Shopping for Fruits & Vegetables

  • Choose a variety of fruits and veggies for a colorful plate!
  • Buy fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Can’t buy fresh? Try frozen!
  • Buying canned? Go for fruit in 100% fruit juice and low- or reduced-sodium veggies.

Try This: Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh, seasonal produce.

Shopping for Grains

  • When shopping for breads, cereals, and pastas, choose options that list one of the following as the first ingredient: brown rice, whole oats, whole rye, or whole wheat.
  • Limit refined grains like white bread, white rice, and “plain” pasta.
  • Aim for getting 1/2 the grains in your shopping cart to be whole grains.

Try This: Try a whole grain you’ve never tried before—like brown rice or quinoa. Then mix it up by tossing in some fresh, colorful veggies and herbs.

Shopping for Dairy

  • Choose lower fat milk (skim or 1%), yogurt, and cheese.
  • When buying “no fat” products, watch out for added sugars, which might mean more calories than you think.
  • Flavored milk and drinkable yogurt may also contain added sugars, which may mean more calories than you think.

Try This: Read the labels on your dairy product purchases, especially those that might contain added sugars.

Shopping for Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

  • Beef or pork: Go for leaner cuts with “loin” or “round” in the name.

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