If you have a choice of where to get your groceries, pick a store that is clean and well supplied. If it is also busy, the stock is probably more likely to turn over quickly and items won’t be near their sell-by or use-by date. But don’t depend on that – always check the dates.
Many people say a successful trip to the grocery store starts with a shopping list. These include items like the following: cereal; flour; sugar; cans of low-sodium soup, fruit, and tuna fish; bags of frozen vegetables or fruit; frozen or bottled 100% juice; powdered, dry milk or ultra-pasteurized milk in a shelf carton; pasta; and low-sodium spaghetti sauce in a jar. A prepared grocery list at HYPERLINK http://www.nia.nih.gov/sites/all/themes/woyp/pdf/tipsheets-shopping-list.pdf will help you choose healthy types of foods.
When making your shopping list, check your staples. Staples are nice to have around if you can’t go grocery shopping. These include items like the following: cereal, flour, sugar, cans of low-sodium soup, fruit, and tuna fish; bags of frozen vegetables or fruit, frozen or bottled; 100 percent juice, powdered, dry milk or ultra-pasteurized milk in a shelf carton, pasta, low-sodium spaghetti sauce in a jar.
Make shopping easier
A trip to the grocery store can be a chore for anyone, but as you get older, you might have some new reasons for not going. For example, getting around a big food store might be difficult.
Some stores have motorized carts, which you can use. Ask if there is an employee who can help you reach things or push your cart. If your store has a pharmacy department, you might find a seat there if you get tired. Plan to shop at a time of day when you are rested. If it’s a busy grocery store, try to pick a time when it might not be so crowded; that way you won’t have to stand in a long check-out line.
Shopping for healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, might be hard where you live. People who live in rural areas or some city neighborhoods often have trouble finding larger supermarkets. Instead, they have to shop at convenience stores and small neighborhood markets. Sometimes smaller stores have limited selections of fresh foods.
You might try talking to the managers or owners. Let them know that you and others are interested in buying more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, and low-fat milk products.