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9 Shopping Tips to help achieve optimum nutrition
Sep 17, 2013

Shopping tips for older people to help achieve optimum nutrition


  • Shop with others - Shopping can sometimes be seen as a chore, make it more sociable by shopping with a friend or a family member.
  • Check with your local supermarket to see if it can deliver your groceries.
  • Look out for special price offers. Many local butchers, grocers and supermarkets run offers on nourishing produce that is in season.
  • Loyalty cards - ensure you have a loyalty card for the store(s) you shop in so you can avail of their special offers and promotions.
  • Don't be afraid of freezing. When cooking for one it is easy to over-estimate portions. Instead of throwing away excess food, why not freeze it to use as a dinner option on another day?
  • Always  make a shopping list. Have a standard list with core items such as fresh, frozen and tinned foods that can be stored. This can save time and money.
  • Don't shop hungry. Shoppers are always tempted to buy more when hungry! So have a snack before hitting the aisles.
  • Think variety. it's easy to get in a rut. Don't be afraid to try new foods and recipes.
  • Try store brands. the most costly brands are often placed at eye level. store own brands, which may be cheaper and just as good are often placed higher or lower on the grocery shelves.