If you're new to healthier eating, then the sheer amount of recipes on the web can be incredibly overwhelming; different smoothies and juices, salads and sandwiches. Not to mention the million or so chicken recipes all floating around. Though these recipes are all seemingly complex and varied, they all have one very important thing in common: healthy ingredients! By starting your healthy eating journey in the grocery store, you can ensCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elena_norbiato/2444950911/ure you have all that you need ready and stocked in your kitchen to start you on your way to being a healthier you!
It is important to remember when grocery shopping that most of your items should come from the outer aisles of the grocery store, this is where most of the fresh produce and meats are. The inner isles generally contain more processed foods and sugary snacks, best avoided when trying out a new healthy lifestyle.
Here is an example of a well rounded healthy eating grocery list.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Frozen fish fillets (which ever fish you prefer)
Steaks (lean cut)
Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
Tuna (in water)
Whole grain pasta
Whole wheat bagels
Wheat or Coconut flour
Greek yogurt (natural, no added sugars)
Milk (or milk substitute such as almond or coconut milk)
Low-fat mozzarella sticks or similar low-fat cheese
Low-fat cream cheese
Frozen fruits (for smoothies)
Any of your other favorite fruits!
Frozen mixed veggies (for rushed cooking nights)
Olive oil (cooking or salad dressing)
Vinegar (white and apple cider)
Herbal or green tea
The next time you go to the grocery store, just take this list with you! And make sure you NEVER grocery shop hungry or you'll end up with an awful lot of bad choices in your cart. Once you have all the healthy eating basics down, and don't be afraid to experiment with different flavors and seasonings and cooking styles so that you don't become bored and return to poor eating habits.
Did I miss anything? What's on YOUR healthy grocery list?