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Healthy Grocery List

Here are some basic grocery items that will help you put together healthy meals at home.

By Lara Hamilton, RD, CDE


Nonstarchy Vegetables
Fresh nonstarchy vegetables
Lettuce and other greens
Frozen nonstarchy vegetables without added sauces, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and green beans

Fresh fruit and/or fruit canned in water or juice
Frozen fruit without added sugar

Grain/Starchy Foods
Canned reduced-sodium or no-salt-added beans, such as black beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans
Sweet potatoes
Whole-wheat bread
Whole-wheat crackers
Whole-wheat pasta
Whole-wheat or corn tortillas
Wild or brown rice

Protein Foods
Canned tuna (in water)
Chicken breast
Cottage cheese
Fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
Ground turkey breast
Lean beef or pork (round or loin cuts)
Reduced-fat cheese
Peanut or other nut butter

Dairy Foods
Light yogurt or Greek yogurt (plain or sweetened with noncaloric sweeteners)
Nonfat (skim) or 1% milk

Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans
Olive oil
Sunflower seeds