This post includes a free printable healthy grocery list! (Print it at the bottom of the post!)
This healthy grocery list for weight loss, fitness, and over all health is the perfect guide if you have no idea what to buy when you walk into the store!
Personally, I used to have no clue what to buy in order to eat healthy… So I wanted to create a simple printable healthy grocery list to make things super easy for you!
I hope you enjoy this printable list of healthy foods!
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Healthy Grocery Shopping 101
The Main Goal When Healthy Grocery Shopping
The main goal when healthy grocery shopping is to buy the LEAST processed food + the food with the LEAST chemicals as possible.
Healthy Grocery Shopping: Buying Organic
In order to get foods with the least chemicals, you typically want to try and buy organic.
“What does ORGANIC even mean and why is it such a big deal?!” Long story short…
Many farmers put pesticides on their crops so that less of their crops will be harmed by pests. This means they can sell more crops, and thus, make more money. These pesticides are not healthy for us to eat.
Many farmers also inject their livestock with unhealthy hormones and antibiotics to make the animals bigger, which creates more meat that the farmers can sell. These hormones and antibiotics are not healthy for us to eat.
In addition, preservatives are added to many foods to increase their shelf life. Longer shelf life = less wasted food = more money in the producer’s pockets. These preservatives are not healthy for us to eat.
This is why it’s best to eat organic foods, when possible.
Organic food costs more money since the companies producing the organic foods are not making as much money (the way the other farmers/companies who use pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives, and other chemicals do)…
But the trade-off is well worth it for your health!
Healthy Grocery Shopping: Buying Less Processed
All food is processed (handled) to some degree, but we want to buy food that is in its’ most NATURAL STATE as possible.
AKA we want it to be the closest thing to how it grew on the earth as possible.
We also want to buy items that have a very SHORT ingredients list on the nutrition label. If you start to see a bunch of long words that look like they could be a different language… ABORT MISSION!
Added Tip: Try and avoid products with more than a few grams of ADDED sugar. (Always check the nutrition label.)
*NOTE: Added sugar is not the same thing as just sugar. (Healthy whole foods such as fruit have sugar in them.)
On the back of a nutrition label, you’ll see “total sugars” and then you’ll see “added sugars.” You need to look at the ADDED sugars — try and keep those low (anything higher than 5-10g. per serving is high in my personal opinion.)
ALSO READ: The Ultimate List of Protein Sources (for Any Diet!)
Healthy Grocery List for Weight Loss
If you are striving to lose weight, the printable healthy grocery list at the bottom of this post will be perfect for you! However, losing weight is all about your daily caloric intake. Read our top healthy eating hacks for weight loss and fitness to learn the best ways to lose weight with food!
Clean Eating Grocery List for Beginners
Print the PDF Healthy Grocery List!
This clean eating grocery list for beginners will take all the guess work out of going to the grocery store! I even included some pro tips and hacks to make your life easier. ☺️
I hope this printable healthy grocery list helped you! Please comment below if you have any questions! You can also message me on Instagram and I’m happy to chat with you!
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