Twice Weekly Grocery Trips... Just Not Possible?

Woman Shopping for Fresh Vegetables

Lifestyle changes often require some changes in weekly habit if you plan for them to stick.  If it simply isn't in the cards for you to make a two- or three-times-weekly shopping trip as part of an effort to include fresher foods into your daily menu plan, there are options that can help you add local vegetables and fresh proteins.  Understand that it is easy to offer advice on these subjects, but expect it to be tougher to execute them.

In many cases, a lot of the helpful tips you get won't fit that easily into your busy schedule.  At first, it may seem easier for you to continue with single weekly-trips to the membership warehouse or large discount food store. But the truth is, two quick trips to a local meat market, fishmonger, or farmer's market are often much quicker ventures. Plus, the bounty of fresh meats and vegetables they have to offer easily rivals that of the discount stores.

If that option still just doesn't work for you, then maybe once a week is do-able. Single visits just means you need to do more careful menu planning to insure you have the best strategy for using fresh foods.  Frozen seafood is more economical and convenient than fresh seafood (though often at a cost to quality). Frozen meat is also fine for the most part.  With a frozen approach, fresher proteins can easily be added to your menu later in the week. 

Vegetables can be much trickier, especially salads.  Iceberg lettuce-based salads just do not last that long and can quickly pickup a "bagged" taste.  Some greens mixed with herbs can be prepped and packaged in plastic storage containers so that they are ready for easy dispensing at dinner time, which is good strategy to help supplement veggie servings early in the week. Later in the week, you should rely on heartier vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, and the like.  Root vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, squash, and parsnips can keep for weeks in the fridge. 

If you don't have time to shop, menu planning based on these basics can really freshen up a diet, with a minimum of fuss. To learn more about adding fresh proteins, fruits and vegetables to your weekly diet, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a FREE consultation. We've been in your shoes and are loaded with helpful tips for healthy eating.


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