Keep Your Resolutions with a Healthy Grocery List

Keep Your Resolutions with a Healthy Grocery List

by Posted on: January 9, 2013Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

With the new year, many of us make health and fitness related resolutions. If your resolution includes losing weight, a good place to start is in the grocery store. By keeping unhealthy foods in your home, you are tempting yourself to eat them. Toss out the foods that won’t help you achieve your goals and replace them with foods that will. Having these nutritious foods on hand will give you great options when planning meals or reaching for a quick snack.


For the Pantry:
Cereal (low-sugar, try for at least 4g fiber per serving)
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats oatmeal
Whole wheat crackers
Brown rice
Whole wheat pasta
Tomato sauce (look for one with few ingredients-no corn syrup or sugar added)
Canned diced or whole peeled tomatoes
Canned tuna/ salmon (packed in water, not oil)
Low-sodium canned soups
Canned beans (chick peas, pinto, black, kidney, etc.)
Basic seasonings: salt, pepper, Old Bay, taco seasoning, hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce
Healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, and nonfat cooking spray
Low-calorie hot chocolate packets
Herbal teas
100 calorie microwave popcorn
Freeze-dried fruit

For the Refrigerator:
Tons of fruits and veggies
Nonfat/low-fat milk
Nonfat/low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese (look for Greek style yogurt for added protein)
Nuts—almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios- roasted and unsalted
Natural nut butters
Low-fat cheese: reduced-fat cheddar, part-skim mozzarella, or reduced-fat string cheese sticks
Whole-wheat English muffins
Butter alternative (non-hydrogenated and without trans fats)
Fresh salsa
Dark chocolate for a small treat (try for individually wrapped serving sizes)

For the Freezer: 
Whole wheat sliced bread (look for less than 100 calories and at least 2g fiber per slice)
Frozen veggies (broccoli, spinach, peas)
Frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
Ground turkey
Skinless chicken breasts
Frozen cooked shrimp
Pre-portioned low-calorie ice cream treats


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