With a spike in sales of up to 280% for “fresh meat alternatives,” 245% for powdered milk products and 127% for canned soups, we might not be making the healthiest shopping decisions.*
So before you buy another pack of deli meat, here are some healthy grocery cart swaps to make on your next shopping trip.
Swap Canned Soup for Canned Beans
Just one can of soup pack a full day’s worth of sodium. If you’re looking for a healthy, shelf-stable meal, buy low-sodium canned beans instead. Adding beans to vegetable dishes and pasta will offer you a good source of protein and fiber—pure, a simple, complete meal in no time!
Swap Protein Shakes for Protein Smoothies
They may be convenient, but protein powders and pre-packaged shakes can pack with added sugar, artificial ingredients, and chemicals. Instead, grab ingredients for a healthy, high-protein smoothie.
Make a protein shake without protein powder!?
Swap White Rice for Ancient Grains
White rice is cheap, shelf-stable, and flexible. But when it comes to nutritional value, this processed grain falls short. Instead, opt for ancient grains like farro, barley, quinoa and bulgar which pack more protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals than white rice.
The best part? Ancient grains can spice up your usual rice dishes with a nutty, savory flavor.
Swap Pancake Batter for Rolled Oats
Pancakes might be the perfect comfort food for a Sunday morning, but store-bought mixes lack fiber and nutrients, which can lead to blood-sugar spikes and overeating later in the day.
Instead, replace a flour-based combination with oats! Just blend 1/2 cup rolled oats, one medium banana, and 3 1/2 tbsp of nut milk, and you’ll have a good pancake batter!