Healthy Grocery Shopping

| Posted On May 21, 2012 | By:

Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

At the May 15th SMART KIDS SMA, the SMArt Kids came together to learn about healthy grocery shopping. Here are some great, simple rules to follow as you and your family head out to the supermarket:

And of course, remember the when choosing your family’s food. Encourage more fruits and veggies; produce items should fill at least half of your plate at each meal!


At this month’s SMA, the SMArt Kids reviewed what areas of the grocery store are the healthiest to shop. Shopping around the perimeter of the store where the produce, dairy, bakery, meat and fish departments are located is the best way to shop.  This strategy helps you focus on the fresh foods and avoid the processed foods, typically located in the aisles.


Linda Germaine-Miller, our SMArt Kids nutritionist, led the group in a healthy snack-shopping activity. The SMArt kids shopped at our virtual grocery store where they learned to read snack labels and subsequently, select better snack choices. Remember to aim for a snack with:

Don’t confuse snacks with treats. Snacks are a nutritional “fill-in-the-blank” between meals. Ideally, they should be whole grain products that are low in fat, calories and sugar yet high in fiber and nutrients. Treats are food solely made for enjoyment they should therefore be eaten in small portions only once in a while. 

The group has been doing a fantastic job working on their monthly goals. To recap some of our SMArt goals:

Each SMArt Kid picked a personal goal for June’s SMA. Many chose being more physically active and reducing screen time, something that will hopefully be easier as the rain slows down and Spring really blooms. Remember: by reducing screen time, you are by definition more likely to be active and may even eat better. A recent national survey of more than 12,000 students in grades 5 to 10 found that television viewing is associated not only with unhealthy snacking while watching, but also with unhealthy eating at all times. Check out this link for more information.

As a result of the group’s hard work and dedication, the vast majority of our participants continue to lose weight by embracing these goals and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Keep up the SMArt work, SMArt Kids! We are looking forward to hearing about your ongoing successes in June !


Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

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About Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

Joined Harvard Vanguard: 2005 Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA Internship: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Residency: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Board Certification: Pediatrics Hospital Affiliations: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA Clinical Interests: Newborn medicine and adolescent medicine Personal Interests: Running, soccer, hiking, skiing, travel and spending time with her two young children.