From teen-agers in middle school to young adults who have graduated from college, it seems like it would be easy to grocery shop for them in the so they can make meals for themselves. But If you’re close to anything like me, you‘ll find that one grocery trip seems never enough, and the bill keeps mounting. Suddenly it almost seems easier to eat out, or bring take out home than to find suitable meals and snacks for the young adults in your home. With help from a nutritionist and a Martin’s shopping list, here’s some advice for a creating a shopping list.
Teen-agers even young adults may be picky eaters. They might not like the smell or look of a food. So take that into consideration, and substitute another option, that might not be as healthy, but would suffice for a food item in that group.
Secondly, if a food item does not pose a problem and is healthy, by all means buy that option. Organic and whole grain wheat are more expensive, but occasionally substituting an enriched white flour with whole wheat, and organic vegetables or locally grown vegetables for regular produce may help your young adult with health issues and aide in easy digestion. Plus it is cheaper than a medical bill or treating a sickness at home.
Keep the foods that they like, but try adding a healthier item on the list for every visit you make to the grocery store. Young adults like eating what they are familiar with and it’s never a good idea to remove all items at once, unless you have a paid trainer or nutritionist who works with you and your family.
Find the list of time to buy these additional items from the grocery store (the healthiest option being the first):
Deli turkey, ham, cheese, roast beef or pastrami, packaged turkey, ham, or roast beef
Uncooked chicken tenders or chicken breast portions, pre-cooked frozen or refrigerated chicken strips or portions, flavored uncooked chicken tenders or portions, or pre-made and cooked roast chicken or turkey
Eggs, fresh ground beef, pre-packaged hamburger, or hot dogs
Dark leafy lettuce, or spinach, fresh or pre-packaged
Alfalfa or broccoli sprouts
Sliced tomatoes, roma tomatoes or tomatoes
Peppers red, yellow, mild or hot
Fruit, fresh or frozen fruit such as raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, packaged fruit any kind
Pre-packaged uncooked biscuits
Whole wheat bread, tortillas, pitas, or crackers, Italian loaf or bread, or bagels
Almond butter, hazelnut spread, peanut butter
Fruit spreads, fruit preserves, jam or jelly
Low-fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla plain yogurt or frozen yogurt
Parmesan, mozzarella or provolone cheese, shredded or packaged
Peanuts, almonds, pretzels or Chex cereal raisins, chocolate candy pieces
See the sights for easy recipes to use the above ingredients. The important thing, is letting them pick and choose ingredients and play with creating sandwiches, and snacks. Don’t forget to have a blender, or crushed ice maker, or individual powered blender, sandwich maker or griller, toaster oven, or toaster.
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