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Basic Healthy Grocery Shopping List

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Updated February 15, 2014

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Make healthy grocery shopping easier with this list.

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Healthy grocery shopping can be daunting when you're unprepared. Who hasn't fallen victim to marked-down cake or cookies on BOGO? By sticking to a list, you'll avoid impulse buys. Check-off healthy foods the next time you go grocery shopping with this basic healthy grocery shopping list.

 

Bread, Pasta and Cereal

  • whole-grain bread __
  • whole-grain bagels __
  • whole-grain English muffins __
  • low-fat, reduced-sodium crackers __
  • whole-grain cereal __
  • oatmeal __
  • brown rice __
  • whole-grain pasta __

Meat/Protein

  • white meat, skinless turkey __
  • white meat, skinless chicken __
  • sliced turkey breast __
  • lean beef (How to Choose) __
  • pork tenderloin __
  • dry beans __
  • tofu __
  • vegetarian burgers __

Fruit and Vegetables

  • fresh fruit __
  • frozen fruit __
  • canned fruit (in juice) __
  • fresh vegetables __
  • frozen vegetables __
  • canned vegetables (low sodium/no added salt) __
  • vegetable-rich canned soups (low sodium if possible) __

Condiments

  • low-fat salad dressing __
  • olive oil __
  • mustard __
  • ketchup __
  • jam or jelly __
  • honey __
  • salsa __
  • herbs and spices __

Dairy

  • fat-free or low-fat milk __
  • fat-free or low-fat yogurt __
  • low-fat cheese __
  • low-fat cottage cheese __
  • light margarine __
  • eggs or egg substitute __
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