The average shopping trip takes around 41 minutes. Here are some tips to help you down the grocery aisle and in the kitchen.
- Plan your meals for the week and do all your grocery shopping at once.
- Make a shopping list and move through the store quickly.
- Grated, chopped, pre-cooked, and pre-sliced foods save preparation time. For example, use pre-chopped broccoli florets from the salad bar.
- Cook once; serve two or three times. Plan to use leftovers. For example, if you are making pasta for a hot dish at supper, cook an extra handful to use in a cold pasta salad tomorrow. Make a pot roast with vegetables on Sunday and plan to use the leftover beef in beef stew, burritos, or vegetable-beef soup later in the week.
- Take a few minutes in the morning to assemble a slow-cooker recipe. Your reward: a ready-to-eat meal at the end of the day.
- Take advantage of the time you have on weekends. Cook and bake in large quantities and freeze potions for future meals and snacks.
Source: What to Expect When You Have Diabetes: 170 Tips for Living Well with Diabetes