25 Items to Make Your Grocery Cart Healthier

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.

25 items to make your grocery cart healthier

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.

8. Onions

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.

9. Cabbage

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.

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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.

13. Salsa

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.

14. Butter

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? 

17. Oatmeal

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.

18. Oranges

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.

25. Quinoa

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?

 

 

Cauliflower pizza crust for lunch

Teaching my mom about making cauliflower pizza crust today. If you missed my earlier post about it, look under recipes in the categories to get the link for the full recipe from Your Lighter Side.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I found this recipe several months ago and fell in love with the simplicity and flavor of this pizza crust. You won’t believe it is grain free! It is so versatile in that you can choose whatever toppings or sauce you want. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

It does have cheese in it, so you may want to avoid it if you are prone to being sensitive to dairy products.

Click this link to see it from Your Lighter Side.

Credit from Your Lighter Side

Maybe you can try this pizza out this weekend!

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