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Buy Produce Throughout the Week

I used to always go on one big grocery store run on Sunday afternoons. I'd make a list for the week and get all the produce I thought I'd need for all my meals and snacks. Having all those fruits and veggies around did inspire me to eat them, but by the end of the week everything started to wilt and lose its firmness (and its appeal). That's because the vitamins and minerals in produce start to diminish as soon as they are harvested. So if they stay in your fridge too long, the less healthy they are for you. Not to mention they're also less flavorful, which means they'll be less tempting to eat.

Instead of going on one weekly grocery store shopping spree, try to spread out your shopping and go two or three times a week. I know this will take more time out of your busy schedule, but if eating healthy is important to you then you'll reap the benefits.

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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I can't go shopping more than once a week, but I find that my produce holds up pretty well for a week. After about a week and a half, stuff starts looking less than fresh, but I NEVER have to throw out moldy stuff. I always pick the freshest things I can and I store them properly. Apples will keep at least a month in the fridge, but if you leave them out, they'll go soft in a week. Oranges will keep better if you let them breathe; if you store them in a plastic bag, you'll find mold really quickly.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I used to go three-four times a week, but with gas prices rising like crazy and the price of produce also going up, grocery shopping is just such a pain now.
AMP AMP 8 years
I do this. I eat so many fresh veggies and there is only so much room in the fridge to store things, so I end up going about 3 times a week.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
i do this. me and the bf do a big shopping trip on the weekend and then hit up the grocery store in the middle of the week to pick up more fruits and veggies and little other things we need.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I send my BF a short list every couple of days of things to pick up on the way home.
mjane79 mjane79 8 years
I usually do go to the store more than once a week to get produce. Fortunately, the grocery is at the end of my block so it's easy to go to frequesntly. I also have to drive by a Meijer's on my way home from work, and they tend to have a good selection of produce. In the summer, a farm stand open a couple blocks away from me so I stop there. They have the best Michigan peaches there so I end up stopping there every couple days when they are in season. Mmmm, I can't wait for it to warm up here and we can get fresh, local produce.
mjane79 mjane79 8 years
I usually do go to the store more than once a week to get produce. Fortunately, the grocery is at the end of my block so it's easy to go to frequesntly. I also have to drive by a Meijer's on my way home from work, and they tend to have a good selection of produce.In the summer, a farm stand open a couple blocks away from me so I stop there. They have the best Michigan peaches there so I end up stopping there every couple days when they are in season. Mmmm, I can't wait for it to warm up here and we can get fresh, local produce.
JudyRie JudyRie 8 years
It's a good idea if you can do it. We do pretty well making it through the week only buying groceries on Sunday. We usually run out of bananas and avocados, but we can make it through a few days without those, or we go to the produce stand a mile from our house. Most of the produce we use can last a week, or we use frozen. Frozen berries are so much cheaper than fresh, and when you mix them in a bowl with some yogurt, they work just as well. And my boys like to eat frozen berries straight out of the bag.With two kids 4 and under, I try not to go shopping any more than I have to!
JudyRie JudyRie 8 years
It's a good idea if you can do it. We do pretty well making it through the week only buying groceries on Sunday. We usually run out of bananas and avocados, but we can make it through a few days without those, or we go to the produce stand a mile from our house. Most of the produce we use can last a week, or we use frozen. Frozen berries are so much cheaper than fresh, and when you mix them in a bowl with some yogurt, they work just as well. And my boys like to eat frozen berries straight out of the bag. With two kids 4 and under, I try not to go shopping any more than I have to!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This is so true...I need to start going more frequently.
smellen smellen 8 years
I used to go even more infrequently, but I've started to ramp it up in the last few years. Partly because I have to park across the street & don't want to carry up more than one load at a time.Now I usually do one bigger trip during the week, then stop & get a few more items to stock up & scout for good sales. It does take more time, but I like having all the fresh fruit & veggies at any time. I also plan out meals much more, and bring my lunch almost every day which requires having stuff on hand & planning it out for the rest of the week.
smellen smellen 8 years
I used to go even more infrequently, but I've started to ramp it up in the last few years. Partly because I have to park across the street & don't want to carry up more than one load at a time. Now I usually do one bigger trip during the week, then stop & get a few more items to stock up & scout for good sales. It does take more time, but I like having all the fresh fruit & veggies at any time. I also plan out meals much more, and bring my lunch almost every day which requires having stuff on hand & planning it out for the rest of the week.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I wish I had time to go more then once a week! But I don't...and neither does my man. Sometimes I try to go at lunchtime but even then...it's hard!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i also used to be a once a weeker when it came to grocery shopping, but i agree - towards the end of the week your produce looks less than wonderful - so i've begun to stop on my way home for things that i think i'll want. it's a good thing especially since i keep changing my mind on the things that i want to eat anyway. i never know that far in advance.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I usually go on Sundays and then again on Thursdays. I go through produce like its my job and I am not that good at planning it all on sunday!
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