Incorporate three different colored foods a day into your diet.
If your plate’s looking pale, that means you’re probably not getting a lot of nutrition from your food. One surefire way to make sure you’re eating right is by keeping it colorful. Brightly colored foods such as carrots, beets and spinach are nutrient-rich and packed with powerful antioxidants. Challenge yourself to pile on the purple, red, green and orange fruits and veggies.
Swap your sweets.
Packaged, processed and high-fructose corn syrup treats gratify for seconds, but leave us feeling sluggish and bloated. This year, swap one of your go-to packaged snacks for the natural sugars of fresh and dried fruits. Fresh fruits like apples and bananas are fiber- and vitamin-rich, and dried fruits like apricots and cherries are great for snacking on the go.
Eat what’s in season.
When produce is in season, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive at Sprouts. It’s the basic law of supply and demand, and when crops are in season you’ll be rewarded financially by purchasing what’s growing now.
Buy your grains and pasta in bulk.
Buying in bulk helps you save money, reduce waste and stay stocked up for a home-cooked meal. Bulk up on a few staple dry goods items such as beans, rice and pasta. But make sure you’re purchasing items you’ll definitely eat—a deal isn’t a deal, after all, if you end up throwing most of it away.
Cook at home at least three nights a week.
Eating and cooking at home saves money and keeps you in control of what you’re putting in your mouth. And it doesn’t have to be time consuming. By planning ahead, you can stretch one big dish into several days’ worth of meals. Not sure what to make? Check out our archive of recipes for more ideas.
Start a vegetable garden.
Growing your own food is a great way to get hands-on with your diet. Tomatoes are chock-full of antioxidant-rich lycopene and vitamin C. Plus, they taste great and can be used in everything from sauces to salads and sandwiches. Not a tomato fan? Our starter kits make crisp carrots or sweet peas that are easy to grow.
Swap a harsh cleanser for natural solutions.
Sprouts offers a variety of natural and inexpensive cleaning solutions that are easy alternatives to harsh cleansers. Most natural products are versatile and can be used on everything from bathroom tiles to kitchen surfaces and wood floors.