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Shopping smarter at the supermarket

Monday, 19 June 2017
Shopping smarter at the supermarket
Learn to shop smarter at the supermarket with dietitian Tracey Higgins

 
Recently, Inspiro dietitian Tracey Higgins talked about why she loves running supermarket tours in her local community. She also provided 14 tips on healthy snacks for work and home. This week Tracey has some tips for shopping smarter at the supermarket.


buy fruits and vegetables at the supermarket


Tracey's 6 important tips for shopping at the supermarket are:

(See Tracey's last article on supermarket shopping here)

 
1. Make a list and stick to it, allowing for staples (e.g. meats) that might be on special.
 
2. Don’t shop when you are hungry.
 
3. Beware of specials and sales – is it really a special, is it really needed?  What is the price per gram or per ml in comparison to the price per gram of comparable products?
 
4. Start shopping around the outside - the fruit and vegetables, dairy, meats, grains. 
 
5. If you only need a few things, grab a basket and not a trolley – we tend to buy less because the basket is too full and heavy (that’s why the trolley was invented after all).
 
6. Food without a food label is often the best choice.
  

baked not fried
 

Common misconceptions about many supermarket stocked foods:

 
Myth 1 - Baked and not fried is low fat!
No, even baked products can contain lots of fat.
 
Myth 2 - Muesli bars area a healthy snack. Muesli bars often contain a lot of pure sugar. Go for 30g of nuts and a piece of fruit instead.

Myth 3 – Most breakfast cereals are healthy. 
Not necessarily – checking the sugar, sodium and fibre is a great way to find the healthy option.

 
Read about Tracey’s healthy snack idea’s here: 14-dietitican-approved-healthy-plant-based-snacks


supermarket shop smarter read a food label
 

Learn how to read a food label

 
Understanding how to read a label is very powerful – it creates a better understanding of the food we are buying, and can help get around the powerful marketing on the packet.

 
The supermarket tours also teach how to effectively budget when food shopping, what inexpensive but healthy snacks are available, and how to avoid the marketing hype that tries to trick us out of our money (and health).

 
Book in a supermarket tour today and become a savvier supermarket shopper. 


Tracey can help you achieve any goal

 
Tracey Higgins is an accredited practicing dietitian and accredited nutritionist at Inspiro. Tracey has been helping people to acheive their weight and health goals for over 15 years. She keeps fit and healthy year round and loves to run with her dog.


Eating some foods can destroy your teeth. Learn about 7 delicious foods that can help keep your teeth healthy: inspiro-7-food-choices-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy

 
About Inspiro

 
Inspiro provides nutrition advice and guidance. If you are striving to be healthier, lose weight, reduce the likeliness of diabetes, control your diabetes or just look and feel better you can book a dietetics appointment today by calling 9738 8801. 

 
You can learn more about good nutrition for dental health by speaking with a qualified dietitian at Inspiro. Call 9738 8801 to make your appointment today. Learn more about our nutrition services by clicking here.
Inspiro is a not-for-profit health service


Inspiro provides nutrition and dietetics advice and guidance, diabetes education and diabetes management advice and many other services to residents of suburbs including:

 
Badger Creek, Bayswater, Bayswater North, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Boronia, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, East Warburton, Emerald, Ferny Creek, Healesville, Heathmont, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth South, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Ringwood, Ringwood North, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin North, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Warburton, Wesburn, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.