There’s an adage in foodie and health circles about grocery shopping in the supermarket:
“Shop only the store perimeter”
The perimeter is usually where you’ll find fresh produce, dairy, chilled meats, eggs, and sometimes bread. So it makes sense that buying these mostly unprocessed products and staying away from soft drinks and snack aisles will have a positive health effect on your shopping cart.
However, you may be missing out if you don’t make quick targeted forays into the center aisles as well. Here are the healthy items to be found in the central aisles:
- Bulk foods – beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, oatmeal, brown rice and such.The prices are usually lower than boxed or bagged, and they bulk items are usually unprocessed. Nuts will be unsalted, for example.
- Canned goods – such as tuna, beans, vegetables, and even fruit. Just watch for high sodium and sugar content.
- Frozen goods – many veggies and fruits can be purchased off season in frozen form. They are not only cheaper than “fresh” imports, they usually retain most of their nutrients because they are flash frozen at the peak of ripeness.
- Oils – unless you want to use butter all day, you’ll need to purchase oils. We recommend extra virgin olive oil and expeller pressed canola oil.
- Nut butters – peanut butter or almond butter, made from one ingredient.
- Condiments such as mustard and dips like hummus or salsa.
- Spices! You’re getting all these great unprocessed foods, which is step one. Step two is cooking, roasting, and sauteing. Add spices to increase flavor and reduce reliance
What else do you pick up from the center aisles at your grocery store?