Supermarkets are like any other retailer, they spend millions of dollars on marketing, trying to convince us to buy things we don’t need, and junk food is no exception. Have a think about your local supermarket, everything from the layout, product placement, colours and prices are designed to appeal to us, to make us buy more than we need. If you are like many other Australians, you probably end up throwing out tonnes of untouched food every year! Well stay tuned because I am about to help you navigate your supermarket to improve not only your health but also the strain on your wallet!
As I have mentioned before, clean eating is about consuming foods that have undergone minimal processing, this can be difficult with chocolate displays at the end of every ilse and a selection of snack sized sweets staring at you while you go through the checkout. The first thing to know about shopping for clean eating is: go armed with a list and whatever you do, stick to it! Whether it be on paper or on your phone when you go shopping, only buy the things on that list, chances are if you don’t buy any junk food at the shops you won’t give into cravings! My Clean Eating ebook contains a weekly shopping list of everything you will need for that week's meals, so print it off, grab a pen and bring it with you.
Making sure you don’t over-purchase can be difficult, not only will the shopping list help with that but I also have some other tips and tricks to help you save some money. Firstly foods such as olive oil, coconut oil, baking ingredients, almond butter and oats etc. all have a long shelf life, so where you can buy these items in bulk. Protein powder is another shelf stable ingredient, if you plan on using this past the 28 day mark make sure you pick up a large container, if not, it might be better to opt for the single serve sachets available in most supermarkets and chemists.
Next up, vegetables! Fresh fruit and vegetables can often be treated with large amounts of pesticides so while I recommend buying organic where possible, I understand this can be expensive. The solution? Check out the “Clean 15/Dirty Dozen” list in my ebook. This shows you what fresh produce typically has the least pesticide use and the most, use this list to opt for organic versions of the ‘dirty dozen’ while buying regular versions of the ‘clean 15’. Another thing I recommend: buy your bananas on sale and freeze any leftovers. Bananas are required for you smoothies every week so if you find yourself with too many make sure you pop them in the freezer!
Before I sign off I want to leave you with one final top tip, before you leave for your weekly shop, make sure you check your cupboard, fridge and freezer, if you have any leftovers from the previous week, take that pen and scratch them off your list before you leave.