GROCERY SHOPPING FOR ONE
Help me! What are your tips for shopping healthy and not being wasteful in your shopping trips for one? I often end up throwing away half a loaf of bread, deli meat, fruit, veggies, etc. and don't want to keep doing that.
- •Seems like a great idea to get tons of apples or an entire bunch of bananas, but it just stresses me out. Go with a couple of each, and pick ones not yet ripe.
- •Use your freezer! Take frozen foods out as you need them.Suggested by @weimsworld
- •Make one big trip and stock a pantry with non-perishables and spices. Then you can easily stop for a small amount of fresh veggies/meat for a day or two, based on what's good, in season, etc. and have all the basics at home to make a meal. There are lots of good"stock a pantry" lists online.Suggested by @jennifergster
- •Suggested by @jaidub
- •Building on @jennifergster 's suggestion: There are also great lists online for meals with freezer-friendly leftovers. I love sealing up the rest, Sharpieing (not a word) all over it and being surprised six weeks later when I come across it again.
- •You have to look carefully, but there are surprisingly healthy and tasty frozen meals out there, too.
- •Compare nutrition labels and opt for the healthier optionStay clear of trans fats and watch the sodium and sugar intake!Suggested by @mchelle
- •Pinterest!!!!And buy lots of Tupperware!Suggested by @brittmaag
- •Plan out your meals for the week before you go shopping so you know exactly what to get and how much of it.Suggested by @laur
- •Freeze half your bread from the start for next week and then toast it so you can't tell.
- •Don't be afraid to ask for two slices of ham. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- •Reuse veggies in meals and reach to the back for the fresher ones (you'll need the extra two days)I.e. Carrots in spag bol, carrot sticks, carrot and leek soup
- •Pack food into one-person portions like soup bases, seafood chunks and salad bits. Makes it easier to grab and defreeze when required.Suggested by @aida
- •Keep track of what you don't use... And stop buying it! Make a large dinner & have the leftovers as lunch. Shop in season-- it just tastes better & will be cheaper. Figure out a few basic flavor profiles & keep those seasonings on hand. Use your oven! Roasted veggies are easy to make & delicious. Eat leftovers within 3 days & write the date opened.Suggested by @grumpus
- •Always keep chicken/vegetable stock in your cupboard.You never know when you might need it for something because it has a use for many recipes!Suggested by @margaretyoko