For me, the key to eating healthy is to only keep healthy food in the house. To guard against this, I created my own Healthy Grocery Shopping List, which reflects how I’m eating right now:
- Little to no refined sugars or white flour
- lean protein
- Emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables
- Low saturated fat
My cart also usually includes things for my kids to keep them happy; like whole wheat Goldfish, dried seaweed snacks, whole wheat Ritz crackers, and yogurt covered pretzels even though they’re not ‘officially’ on this list. I like these kid treats because I can refrain from eating these (mostly). If you have growing kids; and are trying to eat healthy it’s key to find healthier options for them that don’t tempt you too much. For me; the worst offenders are Oreo-type cookies. No way can I have them in the house – ever! I find I stay on track when I take this list with me every time I go to the store.
healthy grocery shopping list
how I use it
I go though the list and use a highlighter to indicate the items I need before heading to the store. Nothing goes in the cart that’s not already planned for. As I add items to my cart in the grocery store, I cross them off the list.
So satisfying! And it keeps my eating on-track for a successful week.
Print out a bunch of two-sided copies to keep it simple. Keep them in your kitchen so that they are easy to access when you’re meal-planning your week.