Make an adventure out of shopping!

I originally wrote this for IGA and you can read it here:

In today’s fast-paced world, all too often grocery shopping is relegated to mindless options within arm’s reach, leaving us too rushed to stop and smell the produce, so to speak. But when time allows, I like to explore and enjoy every second of what I like to call a treasure hunt. Like any good adventure, preparation is key, so here are four fun things to help you get ready:

1. Do I need a cart? If you’re on a treasure hunt, the answer is pretty much always going to be “yes.” Remember, you’re not just shopping for weekly sale items or fill-in groceries, so you don’t want to be limited by what you can carry in your arms or in a small basket.

2. Do I need to go down that aisle? Like the cart, the answer is pretty much always going to be “yes.” When treasure hunting, make it a habit to go up and down every aisle, and take the time to really look at one new section with each adventure. There’s probably a product that you’ve passed a million times that just might make your next meal or snack spectacular.

3. Do I need any staples? Before you go to the store, check the pantry and freezer to see if it’s time to stock up on staples. Having things like flour, cooking spray, olive oil, and some basic seasonings like salt, pepper, and parsley are important to make meals out of the ingredients you buy.

4. How can I change up the menu? Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Think Bing cherries and nectarines in the summer, apples in the fall. Keeping things seasonal makes meals memorable—and never boring.

I hope you enjoy making the better choices that are right for you and your family on your next grocery shopping treasure hunt!