Most people think of grocery shopping as one of those tedious, dull and obligatory tasks that form a part of our routine. It’s something we have to do at least once per week, and the environment is often less than desirable. However, when following healthy diet plans or nutritional guides, it’s important to have a clear focus in mind when food shopping so that you don’t slip up or forget items that are essential to your diet.
One way to do this is to take steps to turn grocery shopping into something fun and rewarding, instead of a boring task. Here are a few ways to make this happen.
Always Plan Ahead
How does that old saying go? “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you fail to write a shopping list then you’ll typically fall into one or more of the following pitfalls:
- You’ll spend too long in the supermarket
- You won’t purchase essential items
- You’ll buy things that you don’t need or really want
- You’ll buy unhealthy foods since you won’t have time to look at ingredients
A good way to do avoid this is to write out a list or carry your diet plan around with you at all times. Most people have a smartphone these days, so you could even get a digital copy of your plan.
There are also apps, such as “Out of Milk Shopping List,” to help you do this. This app tracks your inventory so that you not only always have a ready-made shopping list to follow, but you will have a better idea as to when you need to restock food items in your kitchen. Other similar apps, such as “BigOven,” contain in-app organizers for shopping lists, but they also come with a wide variety of recipes.
However, using these apps in busy built-up areas such as supermarkets does provoke a certain degree of vulnerability on the user. It’s worth using a secure network or connection to run your activity through so that you can remain safe while shopping.
Having a list and being prepared to shop will help prevent those trips to the supermarket spent zigzagging between different sections as you remember something else you need. This helps make the entire event much more enjoyable.
Make Grocery Shopping a Game
Entering a supermarket armed with a list is one thing, but making a game out of food shopping takes things up a level. If you have kids, this can be a great way to spruce up the trip to the supermarket.
Creating a game out of food shopping will ensure that you:
- Get everything you need
- Don’t overspend
- Don’t buy unwanted items
- Don’t spend unnecessary time at the store
A common yet enjoyable game is to see how fast you can do your shopping. This isn’t to say you pick anything up without checking the use by dates or quality. Instead, it’s about efficiency, which will help you make sure you are purchasing healthy food that you need instead of things you don’t really want.
An effective method for completing your regular food shopping in good time is to memorize the layout of the store. Know where your items are located so that you can devise your shopping list in accordance with where you’ll find the goods. For example, if you enter the supermarket and the produce section is the first one you come across, put the fruits and veg you need at the top of your list. Then, do this for the rest of the store.
Clock the time at the start and finish of your grocery shopping sessions, and you’ll know what times to compete with in the future. You can make adjustments to your list to help you be more efficient and to reduce time. It may seem silly, but it helps to alleviate those typical food-shopping pitfalls, and it does add an element of fun to this “once tedious” chore.
Get Ready to Shop!
Overall, making grocery shopping more fun is a great way to make sure you are getting all the foods you need to maintain a nutritious diet. By planning ahead and devising games to keep our attention and focus, we are helping ourselves to shop with intention and clear objectives in mind. This is so important as it will ensure you are picking up quality, healthy products instead of the first thing that comes to your mind. These ideas can be great fun on your own, as a couple, with friends and especially with children. If you do have children, plan your games and lists with them, as it will help them stay focused and on-task throughout the duration of your supermarket visit.
Author bio: Cassie is a health and tech blogger with a keen interest in nutritional dieting and cardio fitness. She also enjoys keeping up to date with the latest technological advances in the health and fitness community.