Simplify Supermarket Shopping with Young Kids!
Gotta drag everyone to the grocery store? Try these 7 tips, from Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, to make visits more manageable.
Make a List
Having all your ingredients on paper will make for a quicker and more organized trip. And hopefully you won’t have to make another trip back because you forgot milk.
Go at the Right Times
Heading out to shop during nap time is a recipe for disaster. Also, try to go when the store is the least crowded for a faster trip.
Tell your children what they can and can’t do
before you get to the store, such as what they are allowed to touch and sample and whether they will walk or sit in the cart.
Give Children Tasks and Responsibilities
Older kids can hand you needed items. Younger ones can look for certain colors or shapes on food items (think of your trip as a treasure hunt or a game of I Spy).
Stick to the Perimeter of the Store
Most of the whole foods (produce, dairy, meats, fish) are located there. The inner aisles are where the majority of processed foods are found.
Give a Healthy Snack
Bring a snack from home or open a banana or bag of whole wheat crackers before your child melts down over something he sees in the snack or candy aisle.
Provide Time for Fun
If your child likes to watch the rain storm in the produce department, stand and enjoy it. There are always children gathered around to greet the live crabs and lobsters in the fish section.
More Healthy Eating (and Cooking) Ideas
Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry by Lisa Barnes for more delicious, health-conscious menu ideas for everyday family meals and special occasion gatherings.
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