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Circle Your Shopping Wagons First

Have you noticed that all the fresh, least processed items are on the walls of the grocery store? Meats, dairy, produce, baked goods? This is where the majority of your healthy shopping is, along with the freshest seasonal items.

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Try to buy things with the least amount of ingredients in them. If you want chocolate milk, buy plain milk and cocoa powder. The same goes for "helper" and frozen pre-made meals. Buy the separate ingredients, i.e. herbs, spices, pasta/rice, etc. You have more versatility and healthier items. If you have a hard time pronouncing what the chemicals in the package are, do you really want to eat it?

And don't pay for the fancy packaging. Buy your own block of cheese, box of crackers, and bologna and you will be able to make your own lunch. What's more fun, buying a package or making fresh cookies with the kids. I never got that wonderful aroma of fresh baking cookies or cakes from a package. Once you get used to your pantry being stocked with basics, you will find you have more selection in your meal planning, and a much healthier choice, too!

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By Maile from Onalaska

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