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Grocery Gossip and Tips for Food Shopping with Kids

Today I ventured out to Trader Joe’s with my two youngest Grocery Assistants while my oldest was at school.

Here is the Grocery Gossip…

Trader Joes Rocks as a place to shop with kids. They make it fun with the real mini shopping carts they have. Luckily, today two were free for us to use. My kids had a blast picking out healthy fruits, vegetables and some other yummy snacks to put in their carts. Trader Joe’s also gives out stickers and balloons to all shopping assistants at the check-out.

The best way to encourage kids, especially picky eaters like mine, to eat new foods is to get them involved in the entire food experience (growing a garden, shopping, cooking, setting the table, saying Grace)

But for parents the shopping experience with kids is not always easy, especially when they are little.  And it is a little more peaceful (okay-maybe a lot more!) to shop without the kids for sure.

So, how do we make food shopping an enjoyable time…or at least tolerable.

Here are a few Tips to use when planning a Trip to the FoodStore with your kids.

1) Make an organized list ahead of time by section of the store i.e. Dairy- Milk, yogurt, cheese. Produce- Asparagus, apples bananas.

2) Cut all coupons out ahead of time if you are a coupon diva.

3) Shop at smaller stores like Trader Joes where there is great service or go to supermarkets where you already know where things are on the shelves. It’s frustrating to be looking for the ketchup and monitoring a 3 year old at the same time.

4) Be prepared and time it right.
For Babies in car seat carriers- go immediatley after you nurse or give a bottle- hopefully they will sleep, not poop! Or go when you know it’s naptime-if your baby sleeps well in their car seat.

{Also, beware of dirty fingers- So many people think it’s totally ok to grab your baby’s hands and say cooey coo words. Put the sun visor over baby and say he/she needs a nap OR that your baby has a cold and you wouldn’t want them to catch it!}

For Toddlers, if they will sit in the cart, buckle them in and give them a snack or some essentials like toys or keys. DON’T go at naptime! If your child wants to walk, make a game out of it- “1 star if you can help Mommy find the applesauce!” or “I spy with my little eye something red and juicy!”

For School Age Kids, let them cut coupons and have them find the items on the coupons OR have them in charge of their own list (approved by You of course)

Encourage them to add favorites and new vegetables and fruits- teach them to write and spell the words and why they are good for them- you may learn a few things too by teaching them.

5) Break up a huge shop into two trips so your kids aren’t tempted to misbehave.

6) Think positive. If you are thinking, “Ugh have to shop today with the kids AND it’s going to totally suck!” Well, then most likely it just might.

7) Remember there is a “time out” spot at the grocery store- it just may not look like a step or naughty chair. Don’t be afraid to take a brief time out or leave your cart a minute and step outside if a discipline talk is needed.

8) Ignore the grumpy single people annoyed by your kids AND relish in the moments when a Granny tells you how cute your child is.

 Grocery Gossip and Tips for Food Shopping with Kids

Kristie Finnan

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. More about Kristie at www.KristieFinnan.com Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • groceries says:

    Hey Kristie, Wow. Hope you are doing well. Good tips given. Came across your blog post when searching groceries. I like your last advise “Ignore the grumpy single people annoyed by your kids AND relish in the moments when a Granny tells you how cute your child is.”

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