Grocery shopping is hard – there’s always the temptation of unhealthy junk foods! For starters, never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. [That never ends well!] Second, go into your shopping trip with a set to-buy list. Come up with a permanent list of your healthy eating staples. I’ve put together a list of 13 healthy items to add to your grocery list.
Both egg whites and egg yolks are not only a great way to start your day, but a great way to load up on vitamins. Egg yolks are packed full of (healthy!) fats, as well as plenty of protein. Hard boiled eggs are my favorite. You can simply make those in the beginning of the week and snack on them or cut them up and use on a salad.
Edamame beans are not only a tasty appetizer when out for sushi, but they’re a powerful legume! Just half a cup of soybeans have as much fibre as four slices of whole wheat bread. Edamame is easy to make at home – just push your cart to the vegetable aisle, purchase some soybeans, boil, toss in salt, and enjoy! [Source]
Brown Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are a great snack. They’re low in sugar and calories, so they’re absolutely perfect for the person on the go. And they’re gluten free for those of you who are considerate of that!
Greens are a bit of an obvious one, but I cannot stress how great they are for you! Leafy greens are full of Vitamin K, a vitamin that loads you with healthy energy and boosts bone health. Greens are easy to incorporate into your diet too. Throw your favorite greens in a smoothie, make a salad, or sauté the greens in olive oil and garlic and serve them as a side.
Are you addicted to sugary sodas like Coca Cola, Fanta, or Mountain Dew? Cut back on that artificial sugar and caffeine by substituting those sodas for sparkling water. Sparkling water has the same bubbles as soda, but without the sugar, calories, caffeine or sodium. [Source]
Even though this yummy treat comes in a can, it’s still an inexpensive way to get in your daily Omega 3! Canned tuna is also a great source of unsaturated fats.
Like tuna, salmon is a delicious source of Omega 3 and unsaturated fats. The health benefits of salmon are endless – the nutrients in salmon help decrease inflammation, avoid cardiovascular problems, and improve brain function. Salmon is a great ingredient because it’s so versatile. Baked salmon is a great main course, while smoked salmon is the perfect addition to any breakfast. [Source]
Avocados are full of fibre, which helps you feel fuller while getting your digestive system working double time. They’re also full of a host of nutrients, including more potassium then a banana! There are so many things you can make with an avocado! You can add it to sandwiches, smoothies, or to an old fashioned guacamole recipe. Avocados are very versatile. [Source]
Celery is mainly water, making it the perfect snack for those hoping to slim down. Celery is also loaded with dietary fibres to help your digestive system stay at peak performance.
As much as it was a childhood treat, peanut butter is full of uber-healthy benefits. Did you know peanut butter is a key source of protein and potassium, which lowers your risk of heart disease. It’s also loaded with fibre, magnesium, and Vitamin E, boosting your bowel health and fortifying your bones and muscles [Source]
Granola is a quick and easy way to have a healthy breakfast with minimal prep time and effort. Even better – granola helps lower your cholesterol, maintain a healthy heart, prevent anemia and keep you energized! [Source]
Lemons are the key to detox! Lemons help detox your system while boosting up your metabolism. Squeeze lemons over your protein or add sliced lemon to your water.
Green tea is such a power drink! It does contain caffeine, but the caffeine in green tea doesn’t make you jittery like coffee may, it increases brain function. The warm (or cold) drink boosts metabolism, which aids in food digestion and weight loss. [Source]
By adding these items to your cart on your weekly shopping expedition, you’re automatically making healthier eating choices! All these items are easy to incorporate into your daily meals. What are some of your favorite healthy options?