How to navigate the supermarket aisles like a pro!

Health & Lifestyle
19 Sep 2018

Supermarkets can be overwhelming. So many choices, all that colourful and convincing packaging, and above all, so much temptation! Chiquita is here to give you some helpful tips for facing your supermarket shop and coming out on top, with a tasty and healthier pantry. 

  • Go with a plan

  • Think about your weekly meal plan before you get to the supermarket. Try to repeat some fresh ingredients so that you manage to use them all up before they go bad. For example, use tomatoes for a pasta one night, and the rest in a salad another night. By making a list of ingredients you will save time when navigating the aisles and buy the right quantities. Don’t forget to add your family-favorite, Chiquita bananas! If you know your local supermarket well, group ingredients by the department and even in the order of the aisles that you will encounter, so you can avoid going back and forth. 
  • Have a snack before going to the supermarket

  • It sounds silly, but it is a huge help! There’s no recipe for disaster like going to the supermarket on an empty stomach. Have a Chiquita banana before going. Bananas are a healthy snack that will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give you that energy boost you need. This way, you will be able to avoid the temptation of that delicious packet of chips and/or biscuits that are screaming for you to take them home. Don’t fill your cart with more than what you need, or junk food. 
  • Go seasonal

  • Try to stick to ingredients that are in season. They are essential, more nutritious, and will stay fresher for longer. In addition, they tend to cost less and be a whole lot tastier!
  • Avoid rush hour

  • When you start to see queues miles long, you have to dodge loose shopping carts and everyone is jumping on the sales sections, it’s inevitable that you can feel a little anxious. We have all reached that moment of ‘get-me-out-of-here’ when you start throwing anything in your cart just so that you can abort the supermarket mission ASAP. Which often means coming home and realizing that you have bags full of mismatched ingredients and junk food. Been there, done that, many times! However, if you can find a slot in your schedule that permits you to go when the supermarket is reasonably quiet, you may find that you have a bit more success. You will be clear-minded, and the aisles will be clear too, and you can strictly stick to your supermarket list. 

Go on, small changes can make an enormous difference! Try our tips and see if makes a difference!