We don’t all have the benefit of health food stores, farmers markets, and Whole Foods around every corner.  But that doesn’t give us a free pass to make unhealthy choices.

You don’t need a Whole Foods to buy whole foods.  

The quality and variety in traditional grocery stores has improved dramatically over the last few years.  Most stores are now carrying organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, and allergy friendly items like almond flour, non-dairy milks, and gluten-free grains.

I’m sharing my tips for healthy shopping regardless of your location:

  1. Shop the perimeter of the store. There is some unhealthy stuff lurking in the middle aisles of even the healthiest stores!  You’ll find the whole foods around the perimeter.  Local and organic is best but do the best that you can do.  You can use the dirty dozen and clean fifteen as your guide to buying organic or conventional produce.
  1.  Buy in season and freeze. You’ll get the freshest produce when it’s in season and bonus – it will be cheaper!  Stock up on fresh blueberries in the summer and freeze them for your smoothies all winter long.
  1.  Make friends with the bulk bins. You’ll find the best deal on pantry staples like quinoa, rolled oats, and raw nuts in the bulk bins.  (Be sure to store nuts in the freezer so they will last longer.)
  1.  Check to see if your area has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  You might be able to join a program through a local farm and get in season items directly from the farmer.  This is also a great way to get exposed to new produce and get creative in the kitchen!  Depending on the program, you’ll typically pick up a box of just-harvested goodies each week.  Some programs also include eggs, dairy, and meats.
  1.  Read the labels.  This is the most important part of healthy shopping.  You can find healthy choices anywhere, anytime!  Don’t make a habit of grab and go.  An apple doesn’t need a label for a reason.  It’s an apple!  The fewer ingredients, the better.  And you should be able to pronounce them all.
  1.  Shop online. You can have Spirited Well-being approved items delivered right to your door.  My new favorite is Thrive Market.  It is the first socially conscious online store offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices.  You can save 20-50% off typical retail prices on your favorite healthy items!  And they donate a free Thrive membership to a low-income family for every paid membership on the site.  Try Thrive for {free} with this link: http://thrv.me/xvXtUa.

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