How to Choose Only Healthy Products in the Store: Golden Tips from a Nutritionist

Certified nutritionist Olya Usenko shared the golden rules of how to find products that are good for your health among the variety of colorful packaging.

Difficulties in switching to proper nutrition arise not only because of the intricacies of cooking – sometimes difficulties arise because of the too wide assortment in stores when finding a product with a good composition and not being tempted by deliciousness is a whole quest.

Olya Usenko, a certified nutritionist and sports nutritionist, shared on her Instagram the golden rules of how to find products that are good for your health among the variety of brightly colored packages.

The main rules before going to the store

Make a list

Planning will help you focus on what you need and avoid buying too much. When creating a list, it is most convenient to break everything down into categories: vegetables, fruits, beans and grains, nuts and seeds, proteins, frozen foods, dairy and non-dairy substitutes, drinks, condiments, etc.

Emphasize products that can be stored for a long time

To avoid frequent shopping trips, you should always have basic products at home. In this case, you will always have options for adequate meals, even if there are few fresh products.

The pantry should contain cereals, legumes, pasta, nuts, seeds, nut butter, vegetable oils, dried fruits, canned fish, legumes, corn and peas, chocolate, etc.

You can easily store the following in the freezer: meat, poultry, fish, ready-made minced meat, seafood, frozen vegetables, fruits, and even bread if you don’t eat a lot of it.

What to do in the store

At home, we’ve figured out everything. But how do you behave in the store so that you don’t add too much to your cart? The nutritionist notes: “Our stores do not support a healthy lifestyle and usually all the right products need to be found inside the shelves, so anyone can get confused.” That’s why she gives such simple advice:

  • Go through the store only by the list
  • Don’t be fooled by colorful packaging alone
  • Always read the list of ingredients
  • Buy mostly whole, nutrient-rich foods
  • Stick to your plan and avoid impulse purchases
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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