Healthy menus and shopping strategies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Looking for ways to make meals healthier yet still enticing? You can plan healthy menus by browsing healthy recipes online and in cookbooks.

To prepare your healthy menus, you'll need to buy nutritious ingredients. When you shop at the grocery store, focus on choosing fresh, frozen and less-processed, wholesome foods. That means spending more time in the produce section to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Look for whole grains and low-fat dairy products too.

Here's another key shopping strategy: Don't spend too much time in the snack food and candy aisles. And be sure to check out farmers markets during the growing season. That way, you can see what local produce is available.

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Nov. 21, 2023

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