When you’re trying to up your health game, you probably abide by one grocery shopping rule: Stick to the perimeter of the store. But you don’t have to spend all your time in the produce section; as long as you avoid the processed junk, those middle aisles aren’t as bad as they’re believed to be.
“Make the most of the middle aisles — they’re stocked with superfoods. Otherwise you’ll be missing out on fiber-rich ancient grains like sorghum, millet and amaranth, and plant-based foods containing protein, like nuts, chia, flax, and quinoa,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table. “Also, how can you resist the value of beans? The underrated supermarket gem is full of soluble fiber that could help control cholesterol levels while providing a whopping 6 grams of plant protein per half cup, weighing in at only about 40 cents per serving.” For more healthy hacks, check out the 30 Best Ways to Stick to Any Diet.