Fitness Lifestyle

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips

**UPDATE: The Giveaway has ended! Thanks everyone for participating :)**

My philosophy to a healthy diet and exercise plan has always been to keep it simple.

NO, you don’t need to do the latest trendy “diet,” NO, you don’t need to keep your muscles “confused.”

Eating whole, natural foods, in their most simple state is a rule of thumb I follow and recommend to everybody who asks me what they should do to start eating healthier. And as we all know, true health starts in the kitchen!

So if true health starts in the kitchen- wouldn’t that mean that health really starts in your grocery store? 

Making the right choices in the grocery store is where it all starts, really! And steering clear of the processed snack cakes gets easier overtime, trust me. I know that it’s easier for someone who has been doing it for a long time like me but for those of you that may be new to eating healthy, or “clean,-” here are some of my best tips!

grocerySpeaking of grocery stores- I was recently contacted to attend a blogger event hosted by Kroger with other bloggers in the area, which I attended today. And the icing on the cake? They gave me a swag bag and two $25 Kroger gift cards- one of which I’m giving away to you guys!

Before I spill the giveaway details, I just want to talk a little bit about some of what they are doing to get healthier items in the stores, which we all can agree is super awesome. Speaking of keeping things simple- the Simple Truth line has always been one of my favorites! Offering items like Chia seeds, natural protein bars, and free-range, natural meats, including tons of gluten-free, wheat-free, and dairy-free items, they are great for anyone’s specific dietary needs.

Simple Facts:

  • Simple Truth items are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients
  • The meats are never treated with antibiotics, hormones, or steroids
  • 100 new items added in 2013 and another 100 coming in 2014
  • A total of over 600 items in Kroger stores

So awesome to see a bulk section like this, when we are so used to only seeing these in stores like Fresh Market or Whole Foods!

As part of the event, there were lots of demos of yummy natural products, kind of like a Sams Club sample-spree- but with all-natural, healthy snacks and foods. You KNOW that was one of my favorite parts 😉
All in all, it was a great time and I met some other super neat bloggers, too. I’m grateful to have been a part of it!

And make sure to check out Kroger’s digital coupons for savings on these and other items as well. I had no idea they even had digital coupons for some reason, but NOW I DO and so do you. 🙂

Get your Coupons here!

Now on to the fun part!

 TO ENTER: All you have to do is comment below with what you would spend the $25 gift card on. Would you use it for normal groceries or something a bit more fun? Let me know! (Include your e-mail address so I have a definitely way of contacting you!)

And that’s all you have to do to enter! 

I’ll be picking a winner at random a week from now, so stay tuned!

**UPDATE: Giveaway has ended on 2/13/14.**


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  • Reply Emmy February 6, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I would buy from the new organic nut selection to make my own trail mix- pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips- all organic!

  • Reply Emma Nappi February 6, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Eep! I love Kroger, and having one not far from campus is DA BOMB, especially since there isn’t one anywhere near my hometown. I’d definitely use the gift card for my normal grocery buying which just includes organic fruits and veggies and some yummy things such as dark chocolate almond milk and KIND bars. Being a working college student, (two jobs and full-time student), every little bit helps! The gift card would be awesome. 😀

  • Reply Megan @ Meg Go Run February 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Oh I would spend it on FUN things!

  • Reply Mary Happymommy (@mami2jcn) February 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I would stock up on cereals!

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Cereals can get expensive, can’t they!? What’s your favorite kind? I actually haven’t eaten cereal in so long I’m not sure what is out there anymore! And I never consciously cut it out, I just tend to not eat it for some weird reason, haha.

  • Reply tcarolinep February 7, 2014 at 3:07 am

    I would use it on organic produce

  • Reply rachel February 7, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I’d be tempted to buy ice cream but a better choice would be vegetables. 😉

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Haha I definitely understand that! I try to not keep ice cream in the house so I don’t want to eat it at every meal. But thankfully I live within walking distance to a froyo place and a gourmet ice cream place…so I definitely get my indulgences 😉

  • Reply amber February 8, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I would spend it on big bags of frozen fruit for smoothies, love their selection

  • Reply lamusing February 8, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I’d treat myself to a rack of baby back ribs and BBQ sauce!

  • Reply KMM February 8, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I’d buy expensive groceries – coconut oil, chia seeds, fancy nut butters, etc.

  • Reply Merlyn February 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I would love to try almond and coconut butter! Also, I would buy some baking products to make cakes and bread.

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Yum! Yes, almond butter is amazing if you haven’t tried it! So rich!

  • Reply Jessica Culver February 10, 2014 at 6:34 am

    hmm… i would buy ingredients to make healthy desserts. I posted a “recipe challenge” on my FB page where ppl comment with their fav dessert, and the challenge was for me to make healthy/clean versions of them all (caramel cheesecake, custard, cookie dough, red velvet cupcakes, etc) and then share the recipe on my blog ( soooo yea i would use the card to buy some ingredients 😀 healthy baking gets pricey lol

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      That’s a great idea! I can’t wait to see those recipes 😉

      And I totally get that. It’s why I don’t actually bake all that much!

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Hey! Just wanted to let you know you’re my random Kroger $25 gift card winner! 🙂 E-mail me at with your address I can send it! Congrats!

      • Reply Jessica Culver February 24, 2014 at 3:46 am

        lol i had to scroll through everything to find these comments WOW I am so late! Guess I should’ve checked the box to notify me of follow up comments haha

  • Reply keilyn February 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Well, seeing as springfield is FINALLY getting a kroger, I can’t wait to go there. if I won, I would spend it all on healthy food for me and my man!

    • Reply janinecdemichele February 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Yay! I love Kroger. Make sure to get a Kroger card so you can get fuel points! Hopefully yours has a gas station ($.30 off each gallon? Woo!) That’s one of my favorite parts, naturally. 🙂

  • Reply Julie February 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I would stock up on meat thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Reply Holly B February 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I’d pick up some healthy after workout snacks 🙂

  • Reply Nancy February 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Oh I would definitely be doing some meat purchasing – quality protein is so expensive but so important in my book!

  • Reply susitravl February 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I would buy some meat! That’s not always in my budget these days, and I do love an occasional pork chop or burger.

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