Creative Wellness Blog

Eat an apple before shopping

Woman biting an apple.

The latest news from Cornell Food and Brand Lab, home of innovative food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink, is that eating an apple before grocery shopping can lead us to purchase 25% more fruits and vegetables than we normally would. According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Aner Tal, “What this teaches us is that having a small healthy snack before shopping can put us in a healthier mindset and steer us towards making better food choices.” Not to mention it reduces hunger…and we all know it’s risky to go food shopping on an empty stomach!

For more information, visit the Cornell Food and Brand Lab website.

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Nancy Monson is a certified health and creativity coach who supports her clients to discover their healthier selves through personalized eating and exercise habits. She also speaks frequently on creativity, health, and diet topics. In addition, Nancy is a successful freelance writer. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Family Circle, Glamour, More, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. Nancy is the author of three consumer books: Creative Wellness, an ebook published in 2012; Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts; and The Smart Guide to Boosting Your Energy, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1999.