10 Ways to Get Healthy Groceries Right Now, According to Nutritionists
How to find healthy food, even when grocery shopping gets hard.
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How Nutritionists Are Getting Groceries Now
Getting groceries has become a stressful event, especially now that some stores sell out of product faster than usual. So what should you do if you’re following grocery shopping strategies and still struggling to find quality meat, produce or diet-specific products? We asked registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) from around the country for their tips and tricks for getting the groceries they need while socially distancing and staying safe during the current pandemic.
Shop Early and Less Often, With a List
Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, a culinary and integrative dietitian based in Atlanta, GA, has to visit the supermarket to get groceries. "Using a list can mean fewer trips to the store, and organizing it by aisle allows you to get in and out of the store quickly," she says. Moore has also noticed that in her area weekday mornings tend to have fewer people in the store and better-stocked shelves. Every area is a little different, so find the time where the least people visit the market in your area.
Visit Other Kinds of Stores
The grocery store isn’t the only place to pick up food. Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition says, "You can pick up some staples (such as beans, rice, cereal, eggs, milk) at a few other places beyond the grocery store such as Big Lots, Dollar General or Family Dollar." While they may not have produce beyond canned fruits or vegetables, Andrews reminds us that they may have other staples like bread, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned beans, milk and eggs.