How many times have you said it: “I’m so hungry, but I have nothing to eat!” You open your
refrigerator and cabinets with food EVERYWHERE in sight, but instead lack motivation, inspiration,
and are left HANGRY. I’ve been there, done that; and it ain’t fun!
While I can’t change the horrible traffic in the parking lot of your favorite store or the obnoxious
woman in front of you holding up the line because she wants something price checked; I can help you
prevent that horrible feeling of having nothing to eat at home by ensuring you don’t make these
Here are the 3 Grocery Store Habits that are 100% Ruining your Diet!
- You shop unprepared. The number 1 rule of grocery shopping (besides not shopping when
hungry) is going in without a game plan. Put simply; how can you shop for food if you don’t even
know what you’re making!? This is why creating a grocery list or at least having an idea of what meals
and snacks you want to eat for the next week is a must.
- You’re only shopping the perimeter. You’ve probably heard of this before; as it’s written
everywhere online and in blogs! And while the perimeter of the store is a great attempt to help you
buy wholesome, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and dairy products… you’re seriously
missing 99% of the rest of the store! ESPECIALLY if you’re shopping at Trader Joes!
Not to mention if you’re only shopping the perimeter you’re often missing other healthful foods like
whole grain breads and pastas, nuts and seeds, and our favorite frozen Trader Joe’s items.
- You’re not buying enough food… especially snacks! No matter who you are and what your
goals are, preparation is KEY when it comes to success with your diet. While your Pinterest board may
be filled with amazing recipes, unless you have the food to create these exotic recipes you still won’t
This is why it’s important to not only have a gameplan of what you want to eat in the form of recipes,
but in addition you must acquire the materials you need to actually execute them! That being said, as
a culture we tend to focus on prepping for our 3 main meals, leaving snacks as a mystery and
last-minute plan. In reality, snacking is equally as important to prepare for!
So next time you go to Trader Joe’s, try buying and preparing these 4 snacks:
● Peeled rainbow carrots dipped in hummus
● Strawberries with mini Babybel cheese
● Inner peas dipped in Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
● Whole Wheat English muffin pizza