A Guide to Smart Grocery Shopping for Healthy Eating

Making smart choices at the grocery store can help you maintain a nutritious diet while sticking to a budget. In this, we’ll provide you with tips and advice on how to shop at the grocery store to make healthier and more affordable choices.

Plan Ahead

Shop Smart

Make Informed Choices

Stick to Your Budget

Shop Wisely

This not that…

Food Category Premade Option Healthier Alternative Aisle
Canned Fruits Canned Fruits in Syrup Canned Fruits in Water or 100% Juice Canned Goods Aisle
Canned Beans Canned Beans in Sauce Low-Sodium Canned Beans in Water Canned Goods Aisle
Breakfast Cereal Sugary Cereals Whole Grain Cereals with No Added Sugar Cereal Aisle
Yogurt Flavored Yogurt Plain Greek Yogurt with Fresh Berries Dairy or Yogurt Aisle
Salad Dressings Bottled Salad Dressings Homemade Salad Dressings with Olive Oil Condiments Aisle
Condensed Milk Sweetened Condensed Milk Unsweetened Condensed Milk Baking Aisle
Packaged Snacks Packaged Snack Cakes or Cookies Fresh Fruit, Nuts, or Whole Grain Crackers Snack Aisle
Spices Pre-packaged Spice Blends Individual Spices: ex. Cumin, Paprika, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Oregano Baking or Spices Aisle
Salsas/Sauces Pre-made Salsas or Sauces Fresh Salsas or Homemade Sauces Produce or Condiments Aisle

Shopping smart in the grocery store is an important step toward managing gestational diabetes while on a budget. By following these tips, you can make nutritious choices that support your health and the health of your baby. Remember, you are doing a good job! Taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle is a big win. Happy shopping, and take care of yourself and your little one!


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