Developing healthy eating habits requires making smart choices while grocery shopping. However, mastering the art of healthy grocery shopping on a budget can be challenging, especially with the increase in food prices. Whether you are an experienced shopper or just starting to plan ahead, here are some tips to enhance your food shopping experience and help you promote nutrition on a budget.
If you’re someone who loves exploring the aisles and discovering new items, grocery shopping can be a delightful experience. However, it can be a stressful ordeal for those who find navigating the crowds and endless options overwhelming. But during the holiday season, grocery shopping can be even more hectic and chaotic, with long lines, crowded aisles, and overwhelmed staff. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of tips to help make your holiday grocery shopping experience less stressful and more enjoyable. Everyone deserves stress free holiday grocery shopping! Whether you’re a seasoned holiday grocery shopper or a first-timer, these tips will come in handy and make your shopping experience a breeze.
’Tis the Season for baking! The holidays call us together for fellowship, food and lots of seasonal treats. December is typically a month where multiple baked goods spring from people’s kitchens and cause many of us to share our favorite sweet creations. Here are a few tips for holiday baking.
- Pay attention to butter consistency. Butter is the first ingredient in many baked goods, so it’s vital to your end result to have your butter prepped as the recipe directs. Particularly heed the instruction for room temperature butter. Over melted or greasy butter can change the look and texture of your final product.
- Read the entire recipe in advance. To avoid disaster or a missing ingredient read your recipe and instructions ahead of time. It’s also wise to set all your ingredients out on the counter before you begin.
- Room temperature eggs. This is an easy step to skip. However, room temperature eggs, much like butter, can make a big difference in the texture and structure of your product. Room temperature ingredients emulsify with better uniformity and consistency.
- Measure with precision. Baking requires good measuring practices. Spoon and level measure flour with measuring cups. Measure wet ingredients in a measuring pitcher. Watch the Clearly Organic blog for some delicious holiday treats. Happy Baking!
5 Tips For Healthy Meal Planning During The Holidays
- Stock your pantry. Having your go-to items already at home makes meal planning one step easier. Beans for chili, noodles for chicken noodle soup, rice for casseroles and whole grain crackers for dips are great stock up items for the busy holiday season.
- Prep challenging recipes in advance. If a meal calls for lots of chopped ingredients, consider cleaning and chopping ingredients the night before. Vegetables in particular can take a lot of time to skin and chop, so it’s great if you can tackle time consuming steps a day early.
- Have healthy snacks ready to go. You’re much more likely to eat veggies and fruit as a snack if it’s prepped and ready to eat. We often grab high carbohydrate (and high calorie) snacks because they are convenient when we’re starving. If fresh vegetables and fruit are made just as easy to consume then chances are we’ll make the right choice.
- Dust off your slow cooker. One dish hearty meals that can fed multiple people are easily made in your slow cooker.
- Make breakfast the night before. If you despise mornings then make them easier by prepping breakfast the night before. Overnight oats with chia seeds, an egg bake and muffins can all be made the night before so you can sleep a bit longer.