Fill two reusable bags with everything you need

More and more, forward-thinking Angelenos are rethinking car culture and looking for chances to use their feet, a bicycle or public transportation to get where they need to go.

The new Metro Gold and Expo Line extensions, open-street events like CicLAvia and services like Uber and Lyft are making it easier to adopt a car-light lifestyle. If you’re ready to join the revolution (at least a little), here are some tips for a less car-intensive grocery run. (And for those times when you do take your car to ALDI, you can still help the environment by bringing reusable bags.)

Better meal planning is an advantage: Hoofing it encourages you to think ahead about meals and make smart choices in the store. A well-crafted grocery list is key to remembering all the essentials. Another advantage: Buying only what you can carry means you’ll automatically make more frequent, smaller trips during the week, guaranteeing that you always have the freshest ingredients on hand. Maybe European-style daily trips to the market don’t fit into your schedule (or anyone’s!), but this is a smart compromise with similar fresh results.

At the store, use the list you made to fill two reusable grocery bags with basics (and some treats) for the whole family so that you won’t have too much on your hands for the walk or bus ride home. A sturdy backpack or pannier bag that hooks onto a bicycle can come in handy after you’ve made your purchases. Don’t have a reusable bag? No problem. Many grocers, like ALDI, offer bags for purchase and save customers dough because they don’t add the cost of a plastic or paper bag into their prices.

If you’re aiming to help the environment, car-free shopping earns you a pat on the back: Carrying your groceries instead of driving them reduces your carbon footprint and your gas bill. Don’t stop there, though. You can buy eco-friendly food items to double down on your green commitment. Consider SimplyNature Organic 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef as a planet-friendly choice or sustainable seafood, such as Sea Queen Wild Caught Salmon and Tilapia Fillets, exclusively available at ALDI. Nutrient-rich and easy to fit into your bag, it’s the foundation for a healthy family meal.

And when checking out, you’ll be able to stick to your healthy lifestyle change with the help of ALDI Healthier Checklanes. They’ve removed candy bars, chocolates and energy shots to make it easier to avoid temptation, replacing them with trail mixes, granola bars, dried fruit and single-serving nuts.

Now, get moving!

--Tribune Content Solutions for Aldi

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