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How to do healthy groceries?

Groceries. You either love it or hate it. For a lot of people doing groceries can be way too much of a challenge, which I easily can imagine. If you think about it, the moment you enter a supermarket you’re bombarded with commercials, hundreds of options of each and every product, good advice and of course all products are placed in such a way that you’ll buy commercial food (mostly unhealthy food). But how to do healthy groceries?

How to do healthy groceries?

No need to say, but there are two very obvious rules.

1) Prepare. You know what they say: if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. So always make a healhty grocery list on your phone or on a piece of paper of the items that you really need. It’s ok to buy a couple of products that are not listed, but 80% of your produce should be listed.

2) You’ve probably heard of it before, but never do groceries when you’re hungry. When you’re hungry you will not care about the quality nor the quantity and you will end up doing groceries randomly. And your grocery list? Which list?

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So next question is of course, what should be on a healthy grocery list?

A hundred different people would probably result in a hundred different grocery lists and diets. However, there are some products that I personally always have on my grocery list to make sure that my groceries are healthy.

The first thing are green leafed veggies such as spinach or kale.
And always rotate. So one day spinach and perhaps the next day apargus (it’s the season for it!). I try to add at least one bitter, detoxifying food such as spinach or celery to my basket. The more chlorophyll-rich leafy greens, the more rejuvenation will be encouraged. Green leafed veggies are also full with the necessary fibres, which is great to stay in shape or lose weight.

More fibrous veggies are:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Green beans
  • Artichoke
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber

I always buy lemons.
Lemons are very alkaline and will balance the pH level of your body which equals health. And you can use lemons for everything! Lemon water in the morning, lemon in your juice/smoothie and lemon juice over a salad are just a few examples.

I always get some fruit.
An easy on the go fruit snack would be for example bananas. It can’t get any easier than that. And when fruits get overripe, cut them in pieces and freeze them. Smoothie anyone?

Add some protein and good carbs.
A lot of vegetables already contain protein, but for variation it’s good to add some protein like quinoa or buckwheat. These are warming and comforting foods (we all need comfort and warmth, right?). These are very easy to prepare as well. Buckwheat with almond milk and fruits and cinnamon or buckwheat with onions and zucchini are a total different dish with one basic product.

Get some healthy fats
I  always make sure there are some nuts and a jar of coconut oil in my pantry. Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are full with vitamins and minerals and make a perfect snack or can give any salad a crispy bite when shredded. Talking about fats, the king of all is an old-fashioned avocado.

Get a ”beauty food”
My favorite beauty foods are tomatoes. They can prevent aging. They’re your ”internal sunscreen” and will make your skin age less due to sunlight. I love the concentrated ones that come as a puree. Totally delicious in almost any dish. I eat a little jar a day. They also make a great spread with a pinch of Celtic sea salt. Also blueberries are a true beauty food since they contain lots of anti oxidants.

Choose a ”happy food”
Happy foods in my world are super dark chocolate (minimum of 75% cacao), dates and tea. But for others this might be nuts. If you have this in your pantry, chances are little that you will grab a less healthy option or (worse) leave the house hungry looking for a snack.

How do you make sure your groceries are healthy? 

pictures: the green creator & shutterstock

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3 Comments

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    Suuz
    May 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Hoi Bianca, welke geconcentreerde tomatenpuree gebruik jij?
    Groetjes Suuz

    • Reply
      Bianca
      May 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Suuz, ik koop de glazen potjes van het merk Ekoplaza. Groetjes!

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        Suuz
        May 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Super dankje wel 🙂

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