Welcome to Grocery Shop Quest

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THE RHYTHM OF FOOD
THE RHYTHM OF FOOD

This website is an amazing interactive infographic that reveals when select foods are most purchased each month over 12 years. Scroll and click around the charts to explore the food trends. Fascinating!

EXAM FOOD SELECTIONS
EXAM FOOD SELECTIONS

Look for bright, fresh leaves on produce and no cuts, bruises, or mold.

OCCASIONALLY TRY FOODS NEW TO YOU
OCCASIONALLY TRY FOODS NEW TO YOU
IN-STORE BAKERIES
IN-STORE BAKERIES

Many grocery stores now have their own bakeries on site. It can be challenging to avoid all the desserts if you just want bread. Plan your steps well.

SPECIALTY FOODS
SPECIALTY FOODS

Most large grocers now offer various gluten-free foods.

HEALTHIER COLD CUTS
HEALTHIER COLD CUTS

Most grocery delis carry several products that are low sodium or perhaps trimmed of fat. Often these items are hidden from view, but are available when asked. Most also have product nutrient analyses available.

EAT THE RAINBOW
EAT THE RAINBOW

Making choices from fruits and vegetables is what is meant by "Eat the Rainbow" with the goal of eating a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

BUY IN BULK
BUY IN BULK
PREPARED FOODS
PREPARED FOODS

Many grocery stores now offer prepared foods for lunch and dinner to save time for those in a time crunch. Typically prepared foods cost a premium for the labor and convenience.

CHEESE
CHEESE

The selection of cheeses in large stores is amazing. Look to sample low fat versions of Havarti or Jarlsburg. Use part-skim ricotta and mozzarella in Italian dishes.

FRESH PASTA
FRESH PASTA

A few stores offer a selection of fresh pastas made on or off the premises. Pair with a fresh made sauce.

FRESH TOMATOES
FRESH TOMATOES

Cooked tomatoes are high in lycopene, a food nutrient found to inhibit prostate cancer cells.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS
KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Purchase only the food that you know you have room to properly store at home.

READ FOOD LABELS
READ FOOD LABELS

Read and compare food labels. Ingredients are listed in descending order of amount. Use the serving amount you plan to consume. The link below explains how to read a food label and rules for new labels in 2017.

Seafood
Seafood

Fresh meats, fish and poultry only last 2 to 3 days. Purchase 1/4 to 1/5 pound per person depending on bone and skin weight.

SHOP THE OUTSIDE EDGE
SHOP THE OUTSIDE EDGE

It is often said to shop only the outside rim of the store to avoid processed foods. That can be true, but don't forget to circle back for rice, beans, grains, nuts, popcorn, cereals, juices and water.

Grocery
Grocery
Raspberries
Raspberries
Blueberries on the vine
Blueberries on the vine
Crate of Vegetables
Crate of Vegetables
Pinapple
Pinapple
Okra Basket
Okra Basket
Russet Potato Pile
Russet Potato Pile
Produce Market
Produce Market
Red Chili Peppers
Red Chili Peppers
Pile of Avocados
Pile of Avocados
Banana bunches
Banana bunches
Butcher with Beef
Butcher with Beef
Mexican Dinner
Mexican Dinner
Rolling Dough
Rolling Dough
Homemade Pizza
Homemade Pizza
In-Store Korean Food Sampling
In-Store Korean Food Sampling
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie
Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Rolls
Rustic Loaf
Rustic Loaf
Fresh Bread Rolls
Fresh Bread Rolls
Fresh Groceries
Fresh Groceries
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Stuffed Olives
Stuffed Olives

Use items that are high in sodium.