Make Your Shopping List a Healthy Food List


When you think about healthy eating, chances are you associate it with spending more time in the kitchen and having to research and prepare complicated menus. In this healthy food guide, we’ll give you some tips for creating a grocery shopping list that will keep you organized and also remind you that incorporating healthy foods into your family’s diet doesn’t have to be overly challenging.

Get Organized

When I shop I prefer to organize my list by aisle so I’m spending less time in the supermarket. Here’s what my categories look like:
Dairy
Meats
Veggies
Fruits
Bakery
Cereal
Baking Supplies
Canned Foods
Snacks

You may want to reorder this list depending on your particular store. Now, the next step is where incorporating healthy food comes in. Under each category, list several healthy foods that your family already enjoys. For example:

Dairy
Lowfat or skim milk
Greek yogurt (higher in protein)

Meats
Salmon
Chicken sausage
No-nitrate turkey hot dogs

Veggies
Broccoli
Spinach (for salads)
Beets
Potatoes
Bell Peppers
Asparagus
Tomatoes
Acorn Squash

Fruits
Blueberries
Pineapple
Papaya
Strawberries
Oranges
Apples

Bakery
Whole grain breads
Cereal
Oatmeal
Whole grain cereal

Baking Supplies
Nuts (for snacking)
Canned Foods
Tuna
Lentils & Beans
Canned tomato products for soups

Snacks
Chips without hydrogenated oils
Veggie crisps

By having a list of items in front of you, you’ll be more likely to shop from the list rather than pick items that simply look good at the time. The above list is by no means comprehensive. Spend some time looking at all the available foods next time you shop and add to your list.

Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Time Consuming

Making a tuna sandwich is not any harder than making a peanut butter sandwich. Nuts are just as easy to snack on as chips or candy. Throwing some chicken broth, chicken breasts, spices and a few diced vegetables into a soup pot takes less than 10 minutes.

With a bit of organization and an open mind you can begin to incorporate new foods into your diet – and you will see a marked improvement in your health before you know it.

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