08/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How To Green Your Grocery List

It can be hard to focus on eating greener when the very staples you need cost more than usual. Fortunately, there's a veritable cornucopia of ways to green your grocery list while keeping your costs in check: everything from prioritizing organic purchases to cutting down on meat to buying local and growing your own food.

After all, if you are what you eat, then you also eat what you are -- so eat green.

Here's how to start.

Make a list, check it twice. It may sound silly, but the first step when it comes to greening your grocery list is to actually make one. We know how the candy aisle can call to a person (oh Junior Mints, how you taunt us!), but heading to the grocery store armed with a carefully thought-out list is a great way to avoid buying more than you need, loading up on industrially produced dreck that's harsh on the planet, and adding unnecessary costs to your tab. To keep things fresh, try setting aside some time once a week to look through cookbooks or talk with your finicky family members about what new foods they're willing to try.

Read the full list of Grist's tips to green your grocery list.


::Blogger Jenna Woginrich's 5 ways to turn your home into an organic farm on the Huffington Post.
::Read about locavores and how to start eating locally on the Huffington Post.
::More on green living from the Huffington Post.