The kids in the South usually go back to school in August so it is time to focus on Shop Smart! It is great to go food shopping with your children because you can use the is time to teach your child how to shop for food smartly and healthy. Here are some tips to shop smart:
Compare nutrition facts on the product’s label to determine how much nutrition you’re getting for your food dollar. Review the serving size and the total number of servings in the container. If you are keeping track of your child’s blood sugar then, look at carbohydrates, including added sugar and the fiber content on the food label.
Peruse the perimeter. Most foods for a health- and cost-conscious eating plan are found by shopping the supermarket’s boundary. Then, with your shopping list in tow, visit just the aisles you need to balance fresh selections. (See Supermarket Psychology)
Choose a variety of in-season whole fresh fruits and vegetables. They’ll be most abundant, most nutritious, and least expensive. For produce not in season, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables (with little or no added salt or sugar) are a nutritious option.
Compare Unit Prices. Use the “unit price” (price per pound, ounce or pint) to compare national brands with store brands, or bulk and economy-sizes with single-serve or regular-size packages. Many stores show the unit price on a shelf tag.
Even though your child may get mad at you for not giving them the sweets, sugary food items, do not cave in! Show them that eating healthy and nutritious food can also be very tasty too! So start planning your food shopping today!