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Grocery Store Trip Tips: Things to Do Before You Go and Which Foods You Should Buy or Leave

Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, chair of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the Illinois Institute of Technology, shares tips for making grocery trips less stressful

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Going to the grocery store can be extra stressful right now.

"Chicago Today" spoke with Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, chair of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the Illinois Institute of Technology, about tips for making grocery trips a little easier and which foods you should buy or leave.

Here's her advice:

What to Do Before You Leave for the Grocery Store

1) Take stock of what you have in your pantries, refrigerators and medicine cabinets to know what we need.

2) Make a list

3) Don’t forget to check for expired medications and put what you need for pain, cold, and injury on the list. You should have Band-Aids, pain medication and rubbing alcohol at the very least.

4) Find a familiar grocery store you can go to

5) Have a plan on which aisles you want to go into and what brands you will get to minimize your time there.

Top Foods to Grab

  1. Yogurt
  2. Canned tomatoes/beans
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Apples/oranges

Top Foods to Leave behind

  1. Soda
  2. Cookies
  3. Packaged Goods
  4. Fresh Meats
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