I have been wanting to write a post on my healthy grocery list for a while now because many of you have requested it.
I love making quick and easy meals, mostly for breakfast and lunch, and a lot of the times it involves most of the stuff on this list. I also like sharing them on Instagram, which is where you guys requested this post.
I enjoy cooking. It’s sort of a creative outlet for me. You can throw on some music, or a podcast and really get into it. I personally just like to focus on cooking. I don’t normally put on music while doing it. It’s almost therapeutic for me to do it in silence. And yes, this is a healthy list. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of other things on my grocery list that are not ideal, like a bag of (low sodium) Lays chips. I can crush a family size bag, trust me.
We love our chocolate and junk food, but I like to live a a balanced lifestyle. Lots of healthy stuff mixed with some LARGE McDonald’s fries every now and then. LOL
Anyway, let’s get into this list, shall we? It’s a good one.
Oh, you should also know, I’m SO particular about the way I make my grocery lists that I created my own grocery list template and printed it on a notepad. I found a local person who does this on Etsy. So, now I have my own notepad grocery list. I broke it down in the way that I like to shop and meal plan. If you want the template, check it out here. I have also listed the Etsy seller on there.
MY HEALTHY GROCERY LIST:
ALWAYS. It’s one of the first things I grab when I’m at the grocery store. I need lemons for everything: lemon water, teas, salad dressings, over my salmon, dips, rice, etc. I cannot tell you how much we use lemons in the house. I don’t like to grab too many at once, because they do go bad quickly. But I grab at least 3-4 every time we do a grocery shop. I love drizzling it over everything.
Another veggie that’s always on my healthy grocery list. I LOVE broccoli and can literally find any meal to add it to. It’s full of amazing vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E and K, and folate.
– Reducing the risk of cancer
– Improving bone health
– Boosting immune health
– Improving skin health
– Aiding digestion
– Reducing inflammation
I love using broccoli in: stir-frys, noodle dishes, steamed with some butter, baking with with other veggies, Mediterranean bowls, etc. Like I said, I can always find a way to use broccoli in my meals.
Much like broccoli, mushrooms are always in our grocery cart. It’s a HUGE favourite of Andrew’s and mine. There are so many good ways to add mushrooms into your meals. Sauteé-ing them in some grass-fed butter, garlic and onions is our favourite way to make mushrooms. It’s a staple side dish with all our dinners. If we’re making some roasted chicken or salmon, we always have at least two sides of veggies. Mushrooms is usually one of them, and I like to add a green veggie to the meals as well.
Mushrooms are also super healthy – I actually did an entire post on the benefits of mushrooms. Check it out here.
Lately I’ve been obsessed with brussels sprouts! Again, some grass-fed butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili flakes. YUMMM.
I LOVE the Earth’s Own Barista brand. SUPER creamy and delicious with my coffees. It also froths really well if you have a frother. I’ve tried a bunch of different oat milk brands, and I have to say, that this one tops them all. I usually get a gross oily taste from other oat milks. Check out your ingredients before you buy.
Eggs are always added to my healthy grocery list. They are my absolute favourite breakfasts!! I eat veggie omelettes at least three times a week.
VEGGIE OMELETTE RECIPE:
Chop up red onions, red or green peppers, mushrooms, spinach. Add to a bowl with two beaten eggs. Add grass-feb butter to a hot pan, and pour the mixture in. I LOVE adding some cheese to it – either feta or just plain cheddar cheese. I also love adding hot sauce. And I pair this with some sourdough bread. YUM!!
MEAL PLANNING TIP:
Andrew loves making up about 6-8 hard boiled eggs at the beginning of the week. It’s a really good meal planning tip. When you get hungry during the day and need a little snack, hard boiled eggs on a piece of toast is delicious. You can also just cut it up in half, add some salt and pepper, and eat it in a couple bites. ALSO, I love eggs in a creamy egg salad situation. A little mayo and a lot of pickles. OMG YUM.
Such a must on the healthy grocery list. Nothing I love more than grass-fed butter on a toasted, crunchy piece of sourdough bread. YUM. Sourdough bread is also much easier to digest than other types of bread. It’s definitely a healthier kind, made with brewers yeast. It is packed with nutrients, healthy carbs, protein, fibre and vitamins like folate and iron. We usually buy two loafs when we go, and freeze one.
Avocados for the win!! They are a healthy fat that I cannot get enough of. I love it as a side with my eggs, on sourdough (hello avo toast!) and guac. Andrew and I are both snackers. We love a little evening bite sometimes, which can include cheese and cracker, or guacamole and chips. Have you seen my post on THE BEST AVOCADO TOAST EVER?! Trust me, open this post up and thank me later!
BENEFITS OF AVOCADOS: Great for gut health, they’re a rich source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, great to eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding, a good source of healthy fats, and they’re just overall SO YUMMY.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries. I love them all, and they’re always on my healthy grocery list. I don’t buy them all at once. I like to see what’s on sale. (lol). But I either grab one or two every time we shop. During my pregnancy I LOVED snacking on raspberries and dark chocolate. They’re lower in sugar than most fruits and when paired with dark chocolate….YUM.
Berries are also delicious for morning breakfasts. One of my favourite breakfasts is oatmeal, mixed with a bunch of other goodness like cashew milk, almond butter, granola, nuts, hemp & flax seeds, cinnamon, honey, and lotssss of berries. This is a breakfast of CHAMPS. I’m seriously obsessed with this little combination and when I’m not eating eggs, I usually do this one.
We love greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, and bok choy. These are all so healthy and great for quick and easy dinners. You can throw them in a pan with some mushrooms, shrimp, peppers and udon noodles for an Asian stir-fry, and call it dinner.
We also love doing something called “lightening kale” where you get a pan super hot, throw in some EVOO, garlic, and then add your kale in for 2 mins until the kale is wilty and delicious. It’s garlicy and soooo good! We love it for a side with salmon or baked chicken.
Check out my post on the secret to storing veggies and keeping them fresh!
And lastly, cheese is such a must on the healthy grocery list! We LOVE cheese. It can be any kind of cheese…cheddar, bocconcini, blue cheese, swiss, marble, etc. I haven’t been able to have a ton of cheese throughout my pregnancy, but I’m SO looking forward to a giant charcuterie board filled with different cheeses, sourdough bread, dried fruits and a lot of wine on the side. 😉 Andrew, please make that happen asap.
Okay, so there you have it! The healthy grocery list and all my must-haves. Obviously there are lots of other things on the list, but these are the essentials.
If you’re a psycho about meal planning and just getting organized when it comes to grocery lists (like me), make sure to check out my template. It’s totally free to download, and then you can have it printed on a notepad like I did. I LOVE this notepad. We use it every single week when grocery shopping and it’s made such a difference. I have all my meals planned out for the week and know what’s in the fridge at all times. I hate wasting food, so having this list really makes it easy for us to eat up everything in the fridge.
Anyway, what is on your healthy grocery list?! Please share in the comments. I could certainly add to mine. Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram as I share A LOT of my fun recipes there.
++ If you enjoyed this post, check out 9 HEALTHY THINGS TO HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE.
+++ Oh and, My Healthy Morning Routine can be found here.