A few years ago, I used to show up to the grocery store with no plan whatsoever and leave with a bunch of ingredients that did not work well together. Since then, I’ve learned the power of making a detailed list ahead of time, but I’ve also made a few other tweaks to my routine.
Stick to a routine: I used to go to the grocery store a couple days a week, but now I strictly go on Sunday’s. I really like going on this day because it means I have fresh produce for the upcoming week and sets my week up for success.
Organize my food: Right when I get home from the market, I start to organize what I bought. If I buy baby carrots for instance, I’ll take them out of the bag and put them right into a big container to make it easier to snack on them throughout the week. Doing this simple organization right off the bat helps ensure that my food stays fresher longer, and that it gets eaten.
Meal prep: While I am not one of those people who makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week on a Sunday–though I wish I could do that!–I will prepare some things ahead of time. If I know I’m going to make chicken one night, for instance, I might make some quinoa ahead of time and store it in a container in the fridge. Similarly, I may cut up some fruit and put it in a Ziploc bag to make transporting it to work all the easier.