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3 Healthy Food Shopping Tips


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Plan out a complete menu for the coming week. True, it's not the most fun task, but this upfront work makes a huge difference. (It also gets significantly easier after a few rounds.) Start by pulling together some of your family's favorite healthy meals, or go to familycircle.com/healthyfamilydinners and browse our archive. While most people make chicken, fish, or meat the main part of the meal, a higher proportion of plant-based foods is better. This means the largest section of the plate (about half) should be filled with any type of non-starchy veggie such as broccoli, carrots, or salad. One-quarter should be a complex carbohydrate, such as brown rice or some other whole grain. The remaining 25 percent is reserved for a lean protein. Once you have everything figured out, write up a grocery list.