It's here! Your starter-shopping list for transitioning to clean, healthy living! Remember, the bottom-line rule here is products with NO ADDED SUGARS or SWEETENERS!
-Choose 1 type of fruit (too much fruit can spike your sugar-intake quickly)
-Choose 2 leafy greens (spinach, kale, lettuce, cabbage, collard greens)
-Choose 2 hearty veggies (green beans, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, mushrooms, artichoke)
-Choose 2 light veggies (cucumber, zucchini, tomato, celery, carrots)
-Choose 2 flavorful veggies (onions, scallions, avocado, fresh herbs)
"Natural Foods" Section:
-Ezekiel Bread (or wraps, muffins, etc.)
-Lara bars (Fruit and greens recommended)
THATS IT! You don't need a spend on ton on expensive, organic, products to eat healthy!
-Choose 1 plain, unseasoned, unmarinated, protein for EACH night of the week. (Chicken breast, chicken thighs, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, crab, steak, beef roast, pork loin, bacon... No limits on TYPE, just avoid pre-seasoned varieties).
-Deli Meat: avoid the deli counter, they don't show ingredients. Look in the refrigerated deli section. It will take searching, but Applegate and Dietz and Watson both carry deli meats and hot dogs with NO ADDED SUGARS. Choose these for sandwiches, snacks, grab-and-go convenience.
Pasta Isle/Baking Isle:
-Barilla Protein Plus Pasta (other varieties are free of sugars too, this is just the easiest to find)
-Lentils and/or beans
-Crushed tomatoes (to make your own sauce)
-All-Natural Soy Sauce
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Rice or Rice Noodles
-Plain Coffee (whole bean or grounds)
-Natural Peanut Butter (just peanuts, oil, salt)
-Stock up on plain dried herbs and seasonings you enjoy... I recommend Garlic powder, onion powder, dill, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne powder, italian seasoning blend, cilantro.
-Nuts and seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews... salted is fine, no other seasonings.)
-Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, prunes, dates... check labels here, MOST dried fruits have ADDED sugars. These listed generally don't.)
-Plain, salted potato chips (no seasonings)
-Corn Tortilla Chips
-Popcorn Kernals (for making your own stovetop or air-popped)
-Spinach or Kale
-Half and Half or Heavy Cream for coffee
-Plain, full-fat Greek Yogurt
That's it! Skip all the other sections, you don't need candies, breads, donuts, or ice cream. Get outta there, and take your delicious, fresh, healthy hull home!
Skip any items that you don't like... don't force yourself to eat foods you don't enjoy.
What would you add to this list? Post in the comments below, and I'll add your suggestion to the post!