Healthy Grocery List Must-Haves
Did you know your weight loss journey starts in the grocery store? That's right, you are either setting yourself up for success or for challenges based on what you are grabbing at the grocery store each trip.
We all know that going to the grocery store isn't at the top of everyone's to-do list, and with all the options in the store it can be overwhelming to make the right decisions while you are wandering the aisles. That's why we created this handy list of top items to grab during your next grocery run to ensure you are set up for success.
Spinach: This leafy green can be used in salads, omelets, and sandwiches, and snuck into pasta dishes, smoothies, and much more. Spinach has more nutrients than lettuce and is a great staple to keep in your fridge.
Broccoli or cauliflower: Great for substitutions or side dishes. Both these veggies are versatile and low carb which makes them great for creating weight-loss-friendly meals.
Onions and garlic: Chopped onions or minced garlic can add flavor to proteins, salads, side dishes, and more. These two items are a staple on most people's grocery lists so make sure you keep them on your list or add it to yours if you don't usually grab some.
Sweet potatoes: This complex carb is a great side dish and can be added to stews, sheet pans, and more.
Zucchini: Another great veggie to add to your list because it’s a weight-loss meal plan superstar. Zucchini is versatile and can be made into main dishes or side dishes.
Avocados: Loaded with healthy fats, avocados are great to have on hand during the week. We recommend purchasing different degrees of ripeness so you can use them all week long.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all low-carb fruit options that can be eaten as a snack, thrown into smoothies, or added to yogurt or oatmeal.
Bananas: An easy grab-and-go option if you are always on the run. Bananas can be used to bring sweetness to things like smoothies and oatmeal without adding sugar.
Apples: Another great grab-and-go snack option for those who are busy. Bonus points: they are kid-friendly as well.
Lemons / Limes: Add these fruits to your still or sparkling water. Add it to any seafood or use it to make your own salad dressing. Make sure to keep a couple handy throughout the week.
Eggs: Eggs are a grocery list staple because they are often listed as an ingredient in dishes and are loved by many as a breakfast option. They are easy to make and are high in protein, making them a great addition to any grocery list.
Non-dairy milk: Lower in fat content, alternative milks are tasty and a great item to have on your grocery list.
Low-fat yogurt: Great for a midday snack or as a part of a wholesome breakfast.
Low-fat cheese: Cheese is a staple on most grocery lists. Opt for low-fat cheeses and continue to use them in all your favorite recipes.
Lean Protein: Consider grabbing chicken, lean ground turkey, wild-caught salmon, or even try tofu.
Canned beans: Shelf-stable and a great source of fiber, beans are a great item to have on your grocery list.
Lentils: We love lentils- full of fiber, packed with protein, super versatile, and shelf-stable- what more could you ask for?
Grains: Shelf stable gains like quinoa, brown rice, couscous, and wild rice are all great grains to keep in your pantry to whip up as part of a meal. Generally, these grains are also quick and easy to make.
Stevia: Ditch sugar and use this zero-calorie, zero-sugar sweetener instead.
Frozen fruits and veggies: When you are in a pinch or are worried about your fresh produce going bad, frozen fruits and veggies are a great alternative. They are also usually more cost-effective than buying fresh fruits and veggies.
Olive oil or avocado oil: Used for cooking or making your own salad dressing, these oils are full of healthy fats.
Chia seeds: Full of omega-3s and fiber, chia seeds can be turned into pudding, sprinkled into oatmeal, added to smoothies, and much more.