STAY-IN-PLACE. – SHOPPING TIPS part 2
Now is a great time to “take inventory” of your shopping habits. As we try to maintain a social distancing policy and stay healthy!
Staying Safe – Grocery Shopping
- Make a list and organize it by area/region of the grocery store.
- Make it easy to check things off as you walk from one section/aisle to another.
- Time is of the essence. Get in and get out of the store as quickly as possible to reduce exposure.
- Bring your own sanitizer or wipes to either quickly wipe down a cart or sanitize your hands before and after touching the handles.
- At each trip to the grocery store plan to stock your kitchen for 2 weeks at a time.
- Take note of things you already have in your kitchen (especially things that will go bad or expire soon) and research ways to incorporate them into recipes, meals, and snacks within the next few weeks.
- DON’T start from scratch when it comes to stocking your fridge and pantry. Use up the food you already have before spending money on items that you don’t really need.
- Make sure you actually like and know how to cook with the items you are buying.
- DON’T buy items just because your neighbors are if you aren’t sure how to prepare them. Likewise, you don’t have to learn to like beans just because you found the last can on the shelf and assumed that you needed it in your pantry.
- Think about how you can use ingredients in multiple recipes, and also how likely you are to eat or reuse leftovers.
- If buying a bulk, such as a amount of frozen broccoli, plan for multiple ways to incorporate all that broccoli into your diet. This may include several different preparation methods, and a variety of recipes that include broccoli with different toppings, seasonings, and sauces.