If you live alone, grocery shopping can feel wasteful. Grocery story portions are usually designed to feed families instead of just one person.
So how can you plan a grocery trip just for you that will leave you feeling healthy and less wasteful?
Buy ingredients you can use in multiple meals. It's easier to add variety when you have ingredients you can use in several meals.
Condiments and spices are your friend! They can dress up plain foods, and add totally new flavors to basic meals.
Think About How Long Ingredients Usually Last
Don't go bad for a long time
Good to buy in bulk
Go bad quickly
Try to buy only as much as you think you will need
Frozen fruits and veggies last longer than fresh ones, and they still have lots of good nutrients!
Which ingredient is the best to buy in bulk?
Portion And Freeze
Split leftovers into small portions and freeze them for later. Proteins like steak, chicken, or fish will last for a long time in the freezer.
If your grocery store has a bulk goods section, it's a great way buy the exact amount you want, so nothing goes to waste. You can do the same thing at the deli counter with meats and cheeses.
Which option gives you the most control over how much you buy?
How Often To Buy Groceries
Several smaller grocery trips might be better than one big trip.
For example, you can buy groceries for 2-3 days at a time, buying only the ingredients you know you will use for those 2-3 days.
This strategy is great if you want to include lots of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs in your diet!
Time to take your new insights to the store! Start now:
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