Clean Eating Grocery List
One of the first steps to changing your lifestyle is to change what food you keep in your fridge and cabinets. A big part of reaching your weight loss and health goals is putting yourself in the best position to succeed and reinforce good habits. Below, you’ll find a list of items to buy at the grocery store and tips on how to navigate it. I have a downloadable PDF version of this checklist as well. I recommend downloading a new copy every week as you become familiar with shopping for clean foods.
The main food groups to shop for are:
- Fruit -- For more information on how to pick the perfect fruit, visit Shari's Berries.
Tips for Grocery Shopping:
· Stick to the outskirts of the grocery store. It’s where you’ll find the freshest, healthiest and least expensive food.
· Buy foods that are in season. They’re less expensive and are more flavorful.
· Buy your vegetables frozen. You can buy a lot of them, even ones that are out of season, without breaking the bank and make sure they retain their freshness. They’ll last a long time in your freezer too.
· Don’t buy fruits, vegetables, and herbs that show signs of bruising and wilting.
· Check for firmness and color on fruits and vegetables. If a fruit is too green, that means it’s not ripe. If it’s too soft, it’s on its way out. Personally, if I’m buying fresh fruits and veggies, I purchase them while they’re a little green and little too firm and let them ripen at home.
I hope this list serves as a useful guide on what to buy at the grocery store. If there’s anything else I should add, let me know!
Boneless, skinless chicken breast
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Whole or Rotisserie chicken
Round cuts of steak
Reduced Fat or Skim Milk
Reduced Fat, Skim or Fat-Free Cheese
Whole-Wheat or Brown-Rice Pasta
Lump Crab (Imitation crab doesn’t exist on this website)
Herbs de Provence
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Ground Pepper