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25 items to Make your Grocery Cart Healthier
1. Cage Free Eggs
If you buy your eggs at the grocery store, next time look for cage free eggs. These are from chickens that have been able to be free to get up and walk outside. The chickens usually are able to eat a more natural diet for them and are healthier.
2. Organic Mixed Salad Greens
Getting in your greens is easy when you buy a big box of mixed organic salad greens. We love to eat a taco salad using this salad mix. These are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Plus a great source of magnesium.
3. Almond Flour
This flour is fairly easy to find at your local grocery store. You can start baking gluten and grain free by switching out your wheat products and using almond flour instead.
4. Sea Salt
Every person needs to eat salt for their health. Sea salt is the best salt for us because is isn’t processed and still has all the minerals that our bodies need.
5. Frozen Broccoli
Broccoli is one of our favorite vegetables, we love it along side Italian dishes. Broccoli is a great source of
6. Frozen Cauliflower
Cauliflower makes is so easy to fix low carb meals. I keep several bags of frozen cauliflower in my freezer, so I never run out. I can always make some riced cauliflower or a cauliflower mashed “potato” side dish easily.
7. Frozen Berries
Berries are high in antioxidants. You can make a mock ice cream easily with frozen berries and cottage cheese for your ice cream cravings without the sugar.
They are on the top 15 food list with the least amount of pesticides. They are full of healing properties that are great for your health and are relatively inexpensive.
Cabbage is another fairy flexible low carb vegetable. You can slice it up and throw it in a stir fry or you can cut it into slabs and roast it for cabbage steaks. Cabbage goes great in Italian style vegetable soups too. It is another vegetable on the “clean list” that doesn’t get sprayed too heavily with pesticides.
10. Block of cheese
We buy a big block of cheese and shred it at home. This saves money and is healthier. In regular shredded cheese, fillers are added to keep the cheese strands separated. By shredding yourself, you get just the cheese and nothing else.
11. Wild Caught Fish
High in healthy omega-3 Fatty Acids, these are a nutritional power house. We usually can find wild caught salmon at our local grocery store. I like to bake it in the oven with some ginger and a little tamari sauce.
12. Natural Almond Butter
You can also find natural peanut butter, but we prefer almond butter as a peanut butter substitute. Peanuts are sprayed very heavily with pesticides and aren’t even a nut really. Almonds are much healthier of the two and are pretty tasty.
Studies have shown that tomato products that have been canned have higher levels of lycopene. Salsa is great to add on top of taco salads, Mexican casseroles, and soups.
Butter is not a four letter word. It is actually very very good for you. We can find Kerry Gold butter at Krogers that is from grass-fed cows. If you can’t find a grass-fed butter, look for an organic brand. Our local Kroger’s carries a line of organic butter.
15. Coconut oil
Along with healthy fats like butter, coconut oil is another healthy saturated fat that you can find at your grocery store. Here are some amazing benefits of coconut oil.
16. Almond Milk
We made the switch to almond milk and coconut milk a few years ago for our baking and cooking needs. If you can find raw milk to drink in your area, that would be much better than the milk found in most grocery stores. In some states, buying raw milk is illegal. Do we even need milk?
Look for plain, old fashioned oats. Oatmeal is full of natural fiber. It is also great source of energy without sending your blood sugar on a roller coaster. Oats are good for your heart health too.
If you are gluten free, You will need gluten free oatmeal.
Oranges are full of vitamin C which is a great vitamin for helping your immune system in the winter.
19. Squash and Zucchini
These two vegetables are pretty flexible. You can julienne these and make noodles out of them in place of regular spaghetti (and when you can’t find spaghetti squash). You can slice them length-wise and use them in place of lasagna noodles.
20. Cocoa Powder
Cocoa is a powerful source of antioxidants and phytochemicals. We really like the dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder the best.
21. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a type of yogurt that has had more whey strained from it. This makes it thicker and creamier in texture. It is also more packed with protein.
22. Organic Chicken
We are able to find organic chicken in our local grocery store. This didn’t used to be the case, and we are so happy that more and more stores are offering healthier meat options. When you are trying to make the change to eating more organic foods, meat is a good place to start.
23. Organic Apples
Apples are a fruit that is heavily sprayed with pesticides, so you will want to buy organic. This is getting much easier to find since organic apples are more popular. These make a great snack for dipping in some almond butter.
24. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, plus they are so delicious. They are full of antioxidants. They are a great source of healthy carbs. They also are full of vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa is another great source of healthy carbs and is becoming more readily available in most grocery stores. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals.
What are the healthiest foods you find at your grocery store?
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Does organic peanut butter have pesticides?
Organic peanut butter wouldn’t have pesticides, that’s a good option as well. We will sometimes buy organic peanut butter as well. Great question : )
I’ve used sea salt for a long time, we just moved & I needed salt since we moved overseas. Well, I bought mediterranean sea salt & that night I had a dream my husband told me we had to ration our sea salt because the ocean was running out of salt! weird, right?! Great post though, over the years I’ve started including these items in my basket as opposed to others. I would say if you can for small uses try & switch to raw cacao powder it has a lot more antioxidants in it, but wouldn’t be awesome for say making a giant batch of cookies for guests lol
I love my cacao nibs! I eat them every day : P I’m sort of addicted. Thank you so much for your comment!