So by taking the time to traverse the brightly packaged and wonderfully colorful foods that adorn the very front of the grocery store, enticing you to eat as unhealthy as possible, you’ve already won half the battle. Once you finally get to the fresh produce aisle, you may think you’re in the clear, and that anything you pick is going to be giving you the green light to healthy town.
Sadly, this isn’t the case, and if you truly want to eat healthy, there are a few things you need to stop doing once you’ve finally reached the produce section.
Buying Produce Only Once a Week
Depending on how often you consume it, a weeks’ worth of food just won’t cut it, especially when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables. Produce goes bad in a hurry, so buying in smaller amounts to better be able to eat things when they’re fresh is a wise way to eat better. However, when you do this, it often means repeated trips to the produce aisle. Shop for your favorite ingredients as close to when you plan on eating them as you possibly can.
Shopping at the start of the season
Loading up because of a great deal is hard to pass up; however, just as previously stated, fruits and vegetables go bad quickly, and trying to snag up a fruit you think may not be around the next time you go is good in theory, but not overly wise. This being said, the first fruit of the season is usually highly priced and often doesn’t taste as good as the ones later in the year.
There’s nothing fresh or tasty about pre-sliced fruit (or vegetables). Being open to the air means they’re steadily declining in freshness. Always opt in for whole fruit; even though it may be a little more expensive, you’re getting more bang for your buck in terms of taste and freshness.
Not Knowing What’s Ripe
It’s important to test the fruit before you buy it: squeeze it, shake it, smell it if you have to. Buying fruit, taking it home and realizing it’s going to go bad or it won’t be fresh for weeks is not in your best interest. Usually, the medium to mild softness is a key of ripeness in fruits. There is no excuse for buying a rotting fruit when there are so many resources online that can tell you what to look for!
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