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9 Grocery Store Hacks Our Wellness Editor Uses to Save Money and Eat Healthier

healthy grocery shopping (as everyone should be), here’s a little present of Justin Timberlake excited about his healthy grocery shopping, from me to you (I mean, check out that array of fruit!):   Now that we got that out of the way (though JT, if you’re reading this as I know you probably are, you’re invited to grocery shop with me anytime), here are 10 grocery store hacks I use every single week for the healthiest and most cost-effective kitchen.  The middle aisles are more processed and are typically costly or unhealthy, whereas the outside perimeter is where all the fresh, unpackaged foods are. Start with the produce and make your way around to the dairy (vegan alternatives included), meats (ditto on the vegan), and if your store has a fresh bakery, it will be on the outside perimeter as well.

After you finish the outside, only go to the inner aisles for the foods you know you need off the top of your head, like spices, sauces, or grains like quinoa–this will help keep costs low, and make sure you’re buying the freshest possible whole foods. Even though you might be craving strawberries in the winter, think about focusing on fruits and vegetables that are in-season. Not only does seasonal produce taste better, but it usually gives you the most bang for your buck too: When food is imported, it’s often picked earlier in its ripening process so that it doesn’t go bad by the time it arrives to its destination.

Local foods (and therefore foods that are in season near you) are able to grow until they reach their peak ripeness since they do not need to last through travel, AKA more taste and nutrients. Plus, everyone knows a tomato tastes better in the summer, and a squash is just meant for a chilly winter day. A post

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