You are told all the time what not to eat, but no one tells you what you are supposed to eat.  No added sugars, no trans fats, no processed carbs- but most people don’t even know how to look for those things- which causes them to trust the health claims on the labels of foods like cereals, crackers, and granola bars, which more often contain all of these unhealthy ingredients.  A for effort, F for execution.

So, while it is important to learn how to spot these food pitfalls, sometimes you just need to be told what to do.  So here is your No-Fuss, Fool-Proof Healthy Grocery List:

Vegetables
Asparagus
Bell peppers
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Green beans
Kale
Mushrooms
Onions
Peas
Pumpkin
Spinach
Squash
Sweet potatoes
Swiss chard
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Fruit
Apples
Bananas
Blueberries
Cherries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Lemons/Limes
Mango
Oranges
Peaches
Pears
Pineapple
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Strawberries
Grains/Legumes
Barley
Brown rice
Oats
Pasta, whole grain
Quinoa
Rye
Whole wheat
Dried beans/Peas
Protein
White fish (cod, halibut, tilapia)
Salmon, Alaskan
Water packed tuna
Beef
Chicken
Eggs
Milk, low-fat or fat-free
Yogurt, low-fat or fat-free
Cottage cheese, low-fat or fat-free
Fats
Almonds
Avocados
Cashews
Flaxseeds
Olives
Peanut butter
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts
Extras
Purified Water
Green and Herbal Tea
Fresh and dried herbs and spices
Raw honey


Notice what’s NOT on the list: no processed foods.  No packaged foods.  No foods with ingredient lists longer than the grocery list itself.  Why?  Because it’s garbage.  Even if it shouts from the rooftops it is full of antioxidants, or fiber, or vitamins, or contains no fat, or MSG, or trans fat, if it has a box which is used to tell you those things, it’s still not food, it’s a science experiment disguised as food.  Food comes from the Earth, or from an animal- not from a manufacturer.  Stick with that, and there will be no question whether or not you are making good choices.

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