Explore your Pantry
Ensuring you have a healthy and balanced diet is essential for good health. With the vast number of food products and brands available at supermarkets it can be hard to know if you’re making a good choice – for your health and your wallet.
You may even know that your shopping needs improvement but trying to read food labels and make good choices at the supermarket can be overwhelming.
The best way to change the way you shop is to look at the foods you are already buying and find better alternatives.
By exploring the foods currently in your pantry and fridge, you can see how healthy and value for money your purchases are. If there’s room for improvement you will be able to easily choose some healthier and cheaper alternatives next time you shop.
Explore your Pantry
To get started, print or copy the Explore your Pantry guide (click to open in a new window). You will need to be able to access the foods in your fridge and pantry and it helps if you have your shopping receipts handy too.
Use the guide to write down the brand, weight, cost and nutrition information of products you regularly buy. Compare the nutrition information to the recommended amounts for each food type to see if you could make a better choice. Mark these on the sheet so it is easy to see next time you shop.
The blank line under each food type is there for you to write in the new ‘better choice’ foods you find at the supermarket. You could also search the internet for better choices as many companies display their products and nutrition information panels online.
When you finish each section with the food you normally buy and a healthier replacement, it should look like this:
At the Supermarket
When finding replacements, look at the nutrition information panel and find one which meets the recommended amounts on the sheet. You can also try and find some foods items that are cheaper than those you currently buy.
Don’t try and overhaul your entire grocery list in one shop. Instead, choose 2 or 3 items to give yourself enough time to carefully choose a better, cheaper and healthier product.