Aimed particularly at takers of federal food aid, the tips provide some worthwhile guidance that any price-conscious shopper would be wise to employ, such as making a list and sticking to it.
Some of their suggestions do seem to contradict each other.
Among its “10 tips for affordable fruits and vegetables,” tip No. 5 advises “buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away,” while tip No. 6 urges buying fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk when they are on sale — and then presumably winding up throwing some of it away.
On the bright side, either way the tips emphasize making produce purchases a priority.
The list’s creators clearly made a point of suggesting a varied and healthful diet including foods from all the food groups, with options to fit a variety of tastes and culinary traditions.
A sample grocery list on the site includes more welcome news for fruit and vegetable marketers, mapping out a wide range of 16 fresh produce items — 8 pounds of white potatoes among them.
Another small criticism: For recommendations aimed at budget-conscious, low-income folks, they include some items — hummus and walnuts, for example — that while nutritious and delicious, aren’t typically the best bang for the buck for those aiming to stretch their food dollar.
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