Healthy Shopping Tip: Highlight Grocery Store Receipt

Healthy Shopping Tip: Highlight Grocery Store Receipt

What does your pantry look like? If you’re like me, sometimes I find I come home with way too many boxes and pre-packaged items that will buy me instant silence from my children as soon as they are inserted into their mouths. Lately, it seems like my ‘junk shelves’ are filling up too quickly, and my fruit and vegetable drawers lack something to be desired. I saw this tip in ‘Prevention‘ magazine and thought I would share it with you.

As soon as you get back from the grocery store, sit down with your receipt and three highlighter pens. Mark it up as follows:
  • BLUE for every fresh food you purchased, such as fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish.
  • YELLOW for all of the not-so-healthful packaged foods, including cookies, crackers, and frozen pizza.
  • PINK for those better-for-you in-between foods: wholesome but packaged goods like Greek style yogurt and instant brown rice.
Ideally, at least 75% of the items in your cart should be blue or pink. If not, bring your receipt on your next grocery trip to revamp your food repertoire.
guest post by Gena A. (Taken from ‘Prevention‘ August 2008 issue)