Shop Healthier

So, my husband and I are getting ready to get in shape, other than round at least. With that in mind, I decided it’s time to get some groceries, and as I start making my list, I realized something.  I have no idea what to stock in my cupboards and fridge to promote me to eat healthier.

Sure, it’s one thing to have boxes of Wonderslim lining my shelves (which admittedly, I’ve done), but it is quite another to learn to shop and more importantly, maintain having normal food for once I’m out of the phases.

So, here is my grocery list.  It’s dynamic so it’ll be changing, probably frequently, as I learn additional things to add to my list, and why it makes it easier.

Fridge


  • Bottled Water – why bottled?  Because I am THAT lazy that I will not fill a glass with water when I can grab a can of soda from the fridge.  This will get around that.
  • Reduced Sugar Jelly
  • Reduced Sugar Ketchup (yes really)
  • Fat Free Cheese (or Low Fat) in preportioned snack sizes/slices
  • Eggs
  • Turkey Bacon (try it, it’s actually really good)
  • Skim Milk
  • Turkey-Hot Dogs
  • Pickles (snack and reduce cravings/hunger)
  • Fresh Fruit (I’m thinking Bananas, Kiwi, Strawberries, Apples and Oranges in particular)
  • Juice – 100% juices (not from concentrate)
  • Fresh Veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower, green beans, salad fixin’s, cucumber, zucchini)
  • Tortillas (keep them in the fridge to keep them moist) – Low Carb is ideal for me, or low fat.  The low carb tortillas actually taste pretty great and are a great alternative to some of the higher carb bread out there.
  • Butter (Land o’ Lakes with Olive Oil and Sea Salt)

Pantry


Note: I’d like to point out that my pantry consists of this: A bread box, a lazy Susan, three “tall” cupboards (two of which are super narrow) and the tiny cupboards above my sink and stove. Yes, I have a total of 8 cupboards (doors) for all of my pantry food. I can’t even begin to tell you how small the space is. So, with that in mind, my shopping list for my pantry will be a little shorter, although I’ll have my “dream list” on there as well.

  • Whole Wheat Pastas/Grains (high-fiber Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Pasta or Barilla Plus, which has extra protein and omega-3 fatty acids.)
  • Whole Grain Bread (2g Fiber or more.  Sara Lee makes a line of “Simply” breads that are crazy high in fiber and low in carb).
  • Reduced-fat salad dressing. (Obviously this gets refrigerated after opening) stock up on Fat Free or Low Fat Ranch (Fat Free tends to taste like crud so I go with Low Fat)
  • Applesauce-Unsweetened
  • Pudding Cups-Sugar Free (for the moment of weakness)
  • Dried or canned beans. Black beans, and fat-free refried beans are rich in protein.
  • Brown Rice (way better for you than white rice, unfortunately)
  • Salmon and light tuna for salads and sandwiches.
  • Peanut Butter (and other Nut Butters in general) – “Simple” or “Low Sugar” varieties.  Jif makes “Simply Jif” which has way less sugar and fewer ingredients and still tastes great.
  • Jarred pasta sauce. Add extra veggies like shredded zucchini.
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned soup (low sodium / low fat ideally)
  • Salsa

Freezer


  • Frozen Lean Beef (93/7)
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts (buy in packages of 8, freeze in sets of 2)
  • Frozen Chicken Thighs (higher in fat but great for crockpot recipes)
  • Frozen Pre-packaged fish (tilapia is my favorite) and shrimp (great for a snack)
  • Frozen vegetables (you can get tri-colored peppers for about $2 for a bag of them, great in a pinch if you want to stir-fry)
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