Preparing for Better Health

A Healthy Grocery List Guide

The simplest advice for grocery shopping is to spend your time shopping the produce aisle and the healthy foods/organic aisle. Eventually, you may want to explore bulk purchases from your local health food store or community sponsored agriculture (CSA), since this can be a way to cut down on your shopping time and save money.

Here is a general guide of healthy foods to begin restocking your kitchen:

  • Vegetables --spinach, romaine lettuce, green lettuce, cucumbers, kale, beets, collards, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, mini carrots, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, artichokes, green beans, red/yellow/orange peppers, sugar snap peas, zucchini, mushrooms, fresh herbs, an assortment of frozen veggies–all types of vegetables
  • Oranges, grapes, all types of berries, pineapples, mangos, apples, pears, lemons, limes, bananas, plums, peaches, nectarines–all types of fruit
  • An assortment of raw nuts and seeds–raw, unsalted almonds are the best, then black walnuts and pecans
  • Millet
  • Organic nut butters
  • Dried herbs and spices, such as turmeric and cumin, etc.
  • Sprouted grain breads, 2-3 times per-week
  • Fruit spreads
  • Coconut butter
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Tahini
  • Organic blue corn taco shells
  • Sprouted grain pasta
  • Whole-grain rice
  • Quinoa
  • Whole steel-cut oats for oatmeal
  • Raisins
  • Goji berries
  • Dates
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams
  • Kashi–grain
  • Low-sodium vegetable broth
  • An assortment of no-sodium canned beans, BPA free
  • An assortment of dry beans
  • Almond milk, rice milk, oat milk or coconut milk
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Coconuts and coconut water
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Ground flax
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s vinegars or apple cider vinegar
There is more advice on healthier substitutions for baking and cooking in Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes. Purchase it here.