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Our nutritionists trolled aisles and aisles of grocery stores to uncover the top supermarket shopping secrets just for you. We tell you everything from the best places in the store to shop to the 10 ingredients you need to put in your fridge right now.
Shop the outer edges
Steer clear of the inner aisles, which are packed with processed and packaged foods. You’ll find the healthiest foods around the outer edges of the store (think fresh produce, dairy, meats).
Flock to the frozen aisle
Frozen produce is a great choice. It’s usually flash-frozen shortly after harvest to retain nutrients. Take advantage of the great sales and stock up!
Choose organics wisely
Minimize your family’s exposure to produce pesticides without breaking the bank: buy conventional items from the "Clean 15" list and organic items from the "Dirty Dozen" list. And remember, organic potato chips are still potato chips.
Spot the WIC stickers
Foods approved by the Federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program are typically good choices—healthy and cost-effective. Check out this approved foods list before you shop, or look for WIC stickers on the shelves.
Doubt the "deals"
Those end-of-aisle promotions are tempting but they aren’t always your best bet. First, you probably don’t even need the items featured; and second, you might find cheaper versions (store brands and generics) in the aisles.
10 ingredients you need in your fridge now
While on your shopping trip, make sure you have these ten key ingredients on hand so you're always ready to whip up something great!
Want more tips to outsmart the grocery store? From red alerts in the cereal aisle to cautions in the condiments section, we’re serving up Strong4Life’s 7 tips to navigate your grocery’s danger zones.
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