The Essential Grocery Guide

I love shopping!  Shopping for clothes, for my home, for office supplies, for FOOD!

Basically, I just really love spending money (Sssh! Don’t let my husband read that – although he is probably already aware of my habits).  But when it comes to shopping for fresh food, it can get overwhelming. Well, it is about to get a lot simpler! Below is a short grocery list to get you started on healthy habits, perfect for a quick meal prep too. Use this as your guide next time you go shopping. Scroll down for a bonus:  a FREE DOWNLOAD of my complete grocery guide.

grocery guide

2 tips before you shop

You don’t have to  toss everything and start from scratch in one day.

Switching to 100 percent whole foods can be challenging and even costly at first, not to mention unrealistic in the long run. Give it time, and take it easy on yourself. Try replacing one food item at a time. Try brown rice pasta for plain white pasta, or coconut flour instead of white flour. As you continually add in the good, your taste buds will change, and you will naturally want good, clean, whole foods. (The “fake” foods will seem less appealing.)

Plan to create meals with just a few items.

Try mixing and matching from the list below. For example, boil quinoa and then toss it with roasted asparagus,  a sliced hard-boiled egg and 1/2 sliced avocado. Add a scoop of pico de gallo and you have a meal that is  fresh, clean, fast and delish!

Clean Eating Grocery List


  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa (also a protein source)
  • Millet
  • Brown rice noddles
  • Tahini
  • Tempeh
  • Black beans
  • Cannelini beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Almond butter


  • Spinach
  • Lettuces (try all different kinds)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro (Best way to store fresh herbs)
  • Parsley
  • Tomatoes
  • Various other vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, whatever you like)


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Black pepper
  • Pink himalayan salt
  • Chipotle red pepper seasoning (I add this to everything!)
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Tamari (instead of soy sauce)
  • Stevia
  • Dijon mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar


  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Berries
  • Varied other fruits (melon, mango, grapes,pineapples)


  • Hummus
  • Ezekiel bread
  • Veggie chips (TERRA brand is the best!)
  • Coconut ice cream (try the So Delicious brand)
  • Quinoa & black bean tortilla chips (Beanitos are tasty & can be found Jewel)
  • Popcorn (go for fresh – popped on the stove)


  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • For smoothies: gogi berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder, maca powder
  • Also for smoothies: frozen fruit (buy it in bulk from Costco for the best deal)

Happy Shopping!


For even more grocery goodness download my FREE grocery guide!  >> <<


Looking to incorporate more whole foods into your diet? Below are a few links that will hep you on your journey:

Have your cake & eat it too

5 steps to planning healthy meals

7 steps to a whole foods diet

Healthy grocery tips


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