I walked in to Whole Foods around 6pm, ready to be inspired to plan a delicious dinner. The place was packed with last minute shoppers, and despite the multitudes of kale, apples, and other perfectly palatable food that would have made a nutritious dinner, I could not make a decision. And so I wandered the aisles, not even realizing that there was tons of prepared food and a salad bar right across the store where I could have just eaten. When I walked out of the store 25 minutes later, I realized that my grand haul, which cost me $25 was a pound of candied ginger, some Kalamata olives, and some tea. Needless to say, dinner that night was less than satisfying.
I’m a little ashamed of that story, experienced grocery-store veteran that I am. But I share it to let you know that we have all been there. We’ve all walked into the grocery store with the best of intentions, and have had it quickly unravel into a stressful, unproductive (and costly) experience.
Because I hope you never experience a candied ginger dinner like I did – I’m putting together a series of posts on how to get the most out of your grocery shopping experience. We’ll talk what to do before you go, how to navigate those tricky aisles, and your post-shopping de-briefing to keep you healthy and satisfied. Maybe you’ll even come to like grocery shopping so much, you could dance!
I’m very excited to walk through this with you – the grocery store is like the gatekeeper for home cooking. Once you get the food into your kitchen, you’re much more likely to use it! As I go through this series, please let me know if there are any particularly troublesome aspects of grocery store shopping you’d like to discuss – Drop me a line at samantha.attard[at]gmail.com!
So let’s get started today with Tip Number 1: don’t shop hungry, stressed, or unhappy.