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Parents like you who are in charge of shopping for your family’s food must always put into consideration all the food stuffs you throw into the shopping cart. You must think about how they affect your kid’s nutrition as well as their attitude toward healthy foods and drinks.

So before you push your cart toward the counter, try to recheck all its content. Does it contain nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables? Or is it full of junk foods, sodas, processed food, and other items with very little nutritional value?

If you want to enhance your family’s nutrition, then start by eating healthy. Examine your grocery list and get rid of the items that won’t do your body any good. Here are some easy ways to change the type of foods you are buying:

1.    List down all the food items you need to buy.
Ask those budget-shoppers and they’ll tell you how important a grocery list is. A list of the foods your family needs for the whole week will keep you from spending on food items you don’t really need. It’s a good idea to make a weekly meal plan. And because you want your family to eat healthy, your menus should be made up only of nutritious ingredients like fruit and veggies, dairy products, cereals, whole grains, lean meats, fresh fish and many more. To delight your kids, you should also buy healthy snacks.

2.    While shopping, follow a healthy path.    
This can be done by starting off in sections where the healthiest food items are displayed. This means going first to where produce, dairy, fish and meat products are located. Then, move the aisle where you can find cereals, baking supplies, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, and sauces. The last ones you should visit are the portions where less healthy and more expensive food and snacks are found.

3.    If possible, buy products from local farmers’ markets and food co-ops.
In these places, you will find the best produce local farmers have to offer. These are the perfect shopping places for people who are on a rawfood diet and for those who love to eat fresh and chemical-free foods and vegetables. Food co-ops, which are usually run by its members, coordinate with local growers and buy produce that are pesticide-free and grown organically.

4.    Be familiar of the fruits and vegetables that are in season.
It pays a lot to know the time of the year when your favorite fruits and veggies are in season. Doing this does not only mean getting low-priced products, but also getting a good bargain in taste. However, you should not buy more than what your family can eat.

5.     Carefully select the produce you’re going to buy.
If you will just buy them from the market or groceries, make sure the fruits and vegetables you’ll purchase are fresh and are of good quality. The best thing about these food stuffs is that they give clues about their freshness and ripeness so it’s easy to determine which ones are good buys.

For the past 10 years Marilyn Reid has been active as an advocate for Alternative Health Therapies, with an emphasis on healthy living and raw food diets. Marilyn has been fascinated with the work of the Healthy Lifestyle Nutritionist and Guru, David Wolfe and has a blog which keeps up with the latest in the world of Healthy Lifestyles. Read more Healthy Foods Articles.
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