March is National Nutrition Month and what better way to take a step towards healthy eating than starting at the source – the grocery store! Navigating the store can be confusing and overwhelming. Use the tips below to set yourself up for success:

Don’t Go Hungry: Studies have shown that grocery shopping while hungry usually leads to more high-calorie food purchases. To avoid the extra temptation, have a healthy snack or meal before you shop!

Shop the Perimeter: Natural, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and dairy are found along the edges of the store. More processed foods are located in the center aisles. Try to spend most of your time along the perimeter and limit trips to the aisles to retrieve what’s on your list.

Read Your Labels: The ingredient list is found at the bottom of the nutrition label. Try to avoid foods that have a lot of ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce. Choose whole ingredients whenever possible!

Make a List: Making a list helps reduce the amount of time you spend in the store, allows you to make healthy decisions ahead of time, and helps avoid impulse buys like high-calorie convenience items!

Take charge of your next grocery run!

Enjoy the recipe of the week:

Tuscan Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Credit: ©2020 American Heart Association, Inc.