If you are interested in living a long and healthy life, a good place to start is with your grocery shopping list. Do you have a pre-made list or do you start from scratch every week? In this guide we’ll give you some pointers for building a weekly grocery list that focuses on heart healthy foods. With the right types of foods in the pantry and in the fridge, eating right will be a much simpler task.
Organizing Your List
Begin your list by making categories. Depending on how you shop you may want to create separate lists for each store, or have one master list. Either way, you’ll want to be sure the following categories are covered:
Heart Healthy Foods
Once you have the essential categories down, it’s time to determine what kind of heart healthy foods you can add to each category. Here are some suggestions:
- Breads: Choose whole grain breads rather than white.
- Dairy: Olive and canola oil are better choices for your heart than butter. If you can limit your butter use and switch to using heart healthy oils. Also choose lowfat milk rather than whole milk to reduce your overall cholesterol intake.
- Vegetables: Green leafy veggies are best for your health, particularly spinach. That said, any fresh vegetable is a great choice so stock up and be sure to get vegetables at every meal.
- Fruits: Blueberries are one of the best fruits for your heart. They contain tons of antioxidants.
- Meats: Stick to leaner cuts of beef and focus more on chicken and turkey. If you really want to do your heart a favor, incorporate salmon into your weekly menu. Salmon is very high in Omega-3’s and is a perfect heart healthy food.
- Snacks: Steer clear of fried snack foods like potato chips and instead choose fresh fruits, vegetables, or even a bowl of heart healthy oatmeal.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult – and a little organization can go a long way. Create your list in advance and you’ll find how much easier it is to prepare heart healthy meals when you have the right ingredients on hand.