Creating a healthy shopping list doesn’t have to be difficult. But we know it takes time and effort to prepare. Walking around a supermarket which is full of temptation makes it even harder to stick to buying healthy food without a healthy shopping list. It’sTimeToBurn has taken the burden away from having to make your own, just follow our guide and you will be soon packing your cupboards with delicious, colourful, organic loveliness.
We feature and review a few diet plans, including the Paleo diet plan so the majority of our healthy shopping list is based on that. Check out our Paleo diet plan guide.
A healthy shopping list can sometimes have a stigma attached – it’s expensive. It’s Time to Burn that myth with our healthy shopping list anyone can afford.
When thinking about a healthy shopping list you should consider things you really like to eat and how you can incorporate them but cut out the fat, sugar, complex carbohydrates and expense!
For example, we at It’sTimeToBurn love love love Fajitas – so we cut out the excess fat and carbs buy removing the wraps from our healthy shopping list, which also cuts the expense buy around 30%!! Healthier favourite meals plus money saving, where do I sign you might wonder 🙂
Healthy Shopping list by It’s Time To Burn
- Vegetables/Salad/Fruit – a cornerstone to any healthy shopping list
- White and Red Onions/Shallots
- Garlic ** see below
- Sweet potato (see our sweet potato paleo guide here )
- Butternut squash
- Citrus – Oranges, Lemons/Limes
- Dried Apricots
- Green apples
- Blueberries and other berries
- Pears, plums, kiwi < all optional.
- Larger bunches of herbs are available, out of a cellophane packet for the same price as a small packet – just look around!
- Coriander, Flat leaf parsley are our favourites but this is totally to your preference.
Jars – yes add food from a jar to your healthy shopping list!
- Garlic – some supermarkets do these but often, independent shops will offer jars of peeled garlic cloves for a fraction of the price compared to buying the same amount of garlic from the fresh produce section.
- Reduced fat Pesto, green and/or red
- Minced Ginger – not only a huge saving to your pocket but also it tastes great and lasts a lot longer than fresh
Healthy cooking oil < NOT animal fat
- Extra virgin olive oil, Sesame seed oil, Avocado oil
- Tuna, in spring water – 4 cans usually £4 or less.
- Mackerel in tomato
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Soya sauce – low salt
- Eggs, eat the whites, freeze the yolks for a “calorie day”, or making an amazing mousse for a special occasion
- Skimmed milk
- Low of 0 Fat yogurts
Meat & Fish
- Chicken breasts or Skinless chicken thighs (you’ll get more from the breasts)
- Turkey breast fillets, or mince, less than 3% fat generally and TASTY!
- River cobbler, white wish in general should be on your healthy shopping list
Frozen – your healthy shopping list should always have frozen items included
- Soya beans
- Green beans
- We tend to use the World Foods section in supermarkets to buy spices, such as Paprika, Turmeric, Cardamom pods, etc etc < All the taste, 4 times more for the same price as a jar of spice.
- No Added sugar squash – always good
- Caffeine free green tea
- Coffee in our view is fine, just don’t go overboard (like anything)
Top 5 Tips for a healthy shopping list
- Don’t go for pre-packaged meals that say they are “light”. Usually they have excess salt/preservatives that are not needed.
- Dried fruit such as cranberries/blueberries usually have high sugar levels
- Fruit is great – but limit your citrus as the acid can wear away at your teeth
- If you take sugar in drinks, cut it out – just do it and you wont regret it.
- Don’t go to the supermarket when you’re hungry….
Of course – Make your own healthy shopping list based on preferences, but these are staples to creating a healthy kitchen and honestly do not cost the earth.
Feel free to contact us with questions or if you want some price points. Or share your own healthy shopping list – we’d love to see it.
Paleo followers should check out our Paleo food list